Lot 78

MAILEY, Arthur (1886-1967).  10 for 66 and all that. London: Phoenix Sports Books, 1958. 8vo. Half title, coloured plate and illustrations by Arthur Mailey. Original green cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket with price unclipped, dust-jacket (edges very lightly rubbed). Provenance: P. H. De-P[?] (label, partly torn away). FIRST EDITION, second impression. PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, “To George Duckworth as a small appreciation of many happy (and noisy) hours spent in his company”, with, beneath the inscription, an ORIGINAL DRAWING by Mailey of Duckworth as a somewhat portly wicket-keeper shouting “Owzat”. George Duckworth (1901-66) was a professional cricketer who played for Lancashire and England. Loosely-inserted is an original monochrome photograph of him in old age. "When I first did some television commentary, for ITV in the late sixties, early seventies, George Duckworth was our scorer and he was as charming, amusing (almost) and delightful as Mailey himself. As this wonderful drawing inside the front cover of 'Ten for 66' suggests, they were the greatest of friends constantly pulling each other's legs" (H.B.).

Estimate: £400-£600