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Black and White post- card of W. G. Grace]
Circa 1890 - 140 x 90mm, signed by Grace below image, 140 x 90mm (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches), mounted, very good-plus. W. G. Grace (1848-1915) was always an attractive personality on the cricket field, and in the later years of his great career carried a certain atmosphere of romance about him. His great towering figure, with his strong features and full black beard, instantly commanded attention, and there was always the expectation among the spectators that he might be out for some great performance. Descriptions of him even at his best make no reference to any special degree of style in his batting. His great height made it inconvenient for him to hold his bat down to the block-hole; it was generally held some distance off the pitch, looking a mere toy in the hands of a giant. Yet it was with a remarkably straight bat that the ball was played. His batting was distinguished for its strength and certainty rather than for its elegance; his regard, however, for orthodoxy of style comes out in his own statement that he was forty years of age before he adopted the fashionable 'pull' stroke. "Style is ease, and ease is strength," he once said, and that summed up his creed on the point. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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