Lot 65

HOBBS, John Berry “Jack” (1882-1963).  The Fight for the Ashes 1932-33. A Critical Account of the English Tour in Australia. London (and elsewhere): George G. Harrap, 1933. 8vo. Half title, half tone illustrations (some light mainly marginal spotting and staining). Original red cloth, dust-jacket with price of 8/6 unclipped (spine faded, some light staining, jacket torn with some loss at foot of backstrip and at head of lower wrapper, some other short tears and chipping). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the title. “Jack” Hobbs played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England between 1908 and 1930. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, being its leading run-scorer with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries. Padwick 4476. Books signed by Hobbs are extremely scarce. With the same author’s only novel Between the Wickets (London, 1926, coloured frontispiece, original cloth, FIRST EDITION).   "Jack Hobbs, perhaps the greatest English batsman ever. The most delightful, quiet, unassuming and modest of men and he was even reluctant to sign copies of his own books. My very first cricket book was Hobbs's account of the 1911/12 tour to Australia. When I was in my teens I met him by his shop in Fleet Street. At least I shook his hand" (H.B.). (2)

Estimate: £200-£300