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The Hambledon Men. Being a new Edition of John Nyren's 'Young Cricketer's Tutor', together with a Collection of other Matter drawn from various Sources, all bearing upon the great Batsmen and Bowlers before Round-Arm came in
Henry Frowde, 1907. 8vo.. First Edition thus, with a frontispiece, 20 plates and 6pp musical score in the text, endpapers lightly spotted, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, sides with sextuple frame border enclosing an elaborate floral spray all in gilt, back decorative gilt extra, gilt top, silk ribbon, a very good, bright, clean copy. With the Edwardian pictorial bookplate of Bernard Gilbert, and the contemporary trade ticket of Goulden & Curry of Tunbridge Wells on front paste-down. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM LUCAS TO [SIR] HERBERT BAKER WITH THE FORMER'S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER VERSO. In addition to the 'Young Cricketer's Tutor' (complete with facsimile title and dedication), the compilation includes Lang's poem 'Ballade of Dead Cricketers', Nyrens' 'The Cricketers of my Time', Lucas's 'John Nyren', Mitford's 'Review of John Nyrens Book', Pycroft's 'The Hambledon Club and the Old Players', 'Old Clarke's 'A Letter to Cricketers', Lucas's 'Old Clarke', Montgomery's 'A Conversation with Lord Bessborough', Lucas's 'Mr. Budd and his Friends' and Cochrane's 'England, Past and Present'. Edward Verall Lucas (1868-1938) combined journalist, essayist, critic and author in a well-loved personality whose career was devoted to communicating pleasure in art, travel and letters. From 1925-38 he was Chairman of Methuen's, receiving the Companion of Honour in 1932. Sir Herbert Baker (1862-1946), eminent architect, designed many prestigious buildings in the UK, South Africa and India. Among his most notable achievements are the reconstructed Bank of England, the Tyne Cot War Cemetery at Passchendaele, Pretoria Railway Station and the New Delhi Secretariat Buildings (on which he worked with Sir Edwin Lutyens). Importantly in the present context he was closely involved with Lord's Cricket Ground, where in 1923 he created the WG Grace Memorial Gates on St. John's Wood (1923), and in 1925-26 the Second Grandstand. IN THE LATTER YEAR HE PRESENTED LORD'S WITH THE FATHER TIME WEATHERVANE, ONE OF LORD'S MOST FAMOUS SYMBOLS AND A WORLD-WIDE CRICKETING ICON. His final Lord's commission was the Harris Memorial Garden and 'Q' Enclosure completed in 1934. A SPLENDID PRESENTATION AND ASSOCIATION COPY OF CONSIDERABLE SIGNIFICANCE IN THE LITERATURE OF ENGLISH CRICKET. Padwick 1998. . Catalogs: sports & pastimes: cricket.
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