Lot 59A

GRACE, W. G. (1848-1915).  Cricket. Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1891. Large 8vo. Wood-engraved frontispiece portrait and full-page illustrations (some very light spotting and staining). Original dark green cloth lettered in gilt (skilfully restored and rebacked, preserving original spine, with new lower cover, 2 holes in original upper cover touching letters, new endpapers, blank preliminary leaf somewhat stained and repaired with very slight loss to the second inscription [see below]). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate); from the Collection of Edward Mills Grace (1841-1911), older brother of W. G. Grace. FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the title, "Uncle Alfred with the author's Kind Love." Books inscribed by W. G. Grace are of the greatest rarity. 'Uncle Alfred' was Alfred Pocock (1814-97), the brother of W. G. Grace's mother, and hugely influential on W.G. and his brothers as a cricket coach; the book is further inscribed on a blank preliminary leaf, "To Gerald F. Grace from his Auntie Mabel, 22nd March 1932." Gerald Grace was the third child and second son of Edgar Mervin Grace, the son of W.G.'s older brother, E.M. Grace ("The Coroner"). He was born in 1921, his birthday was on the 22nd March, and therefore the book would have been presented to him on his eleventh birthday. (See lot 134a for a related item.) Padwick 433.

Estimate: £1,000-£1,500