Lot 40

EDRICH, William John “Bill” (1916-86).  Cricket Heritage. London (and elsewhere): Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd., [1948]. 8vo. Half title, half tone frontispiece and illustrations (some light mainly marginal staining). Original black cloth (without the dust-jacket, lightly rubbed, spine faded). FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by Henry Blofeld in a juvenile hand, with later signature beneath; also bearing “Blofeld” stamps. Padwick 7511. With 4 other cricketing books, namely Pelham Warner’s My Cricketing Life (London, [c. 1920], spotted, cricketing portraits loosely-inserted, original cloth), the same author’s The Fight for the Ashes in 1926 (London, 1926, some wear), the same author’s Lord’s 1787-1945 (London, 1946), and E. H. D. Sewell’s Well Hit! Sir (London, [?1946], with Henry Blofeld’s juvenile signature, partly obscured by his early printed book label), all FIRST EDITIONS in original cloth. "[Edrich's 'Cricket Heritage'] was one of the first cricket books I ever read as my rather unconvincing eight year-old signature testifies. Bill Edrich was a Norfolk man through and through and I had the great luck to play for Norfolk for some years under his captaincy after he had retired from Middlesex in 1958. He was a great man with a huge knowledge of the game" (H.B.). (5)

Estimate: £70-£100

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