Lot 16

CARDUS, Neville (1888-1975).  The Summer Game. A Cricketer’s Journal. London: Grant Richards & Humphrey Toulmin at the Cayme Press, 1929. Large 8vo. Half title (spot on final page offset from rear endpaper). Original green buckram, spine lettered in gilt, uncut. Provenance: Miss N. M. Hodgson (label on front pastedown). FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 75 OF 120 LARGE PAPER COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. The author wrote widely on his two great loves – cricket and music – and was considered one of the most influential critics of his generation. Padwick 6664. Selected, in 2010, by 'The Wisden Cricketer' magazine (now 'The Cricketer') as one of the 50 best cricket books of all time. "I was lucky enough once to have dinner with Neville Cardus at the Garrick and I remember him saying how much he enjoyed writing this book. I told him the story of my accident at Eton when I bicycled into a bus and how lucky I was to survive. He smiled and said, 'The Almighty dropped a dolly at mid off that time'" (H.B.).

Estimate: £300-£500