Lot 91

RANJITSINHJI, Kumar Shri (1872-1933) & others.  The Jubilee Book of Cricket. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1897. 4to. Half title, photogravure portrait frontispiece, title printed in red and black, half tone plates including 20 photogravures, 15-pages of field plans (some very faint staining mainly at margins). EXCEPTIONALLY FINELY BOUND IN LATER ‘COSWAY’ STYLE GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO GILT by Bayntun-Riviere, with a fine oval original watercolour portrait of Ranjitsinhji inset to the upper cover, the covers with double gilt ruled fillets and three cricket balls stamped in each of the corners, spine gilt in six compartments with cricketing motifs of crossed bats and wickets in four of them, the title and author’s name in the other two, dentelles, watered silk liners, gilt edges, modern green cloth box. FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 51 OF 350 COPIES OF THE DE-LUXE EDITION ON HAND-MADE PAPER SIGNED BY RANJITSINHJI, THIS COPY SPECIALLY-BOUND. In addition, the book is SIGNED by Henry Blofeld on the binder's front free endpaper. Padwick 467. "The pick of the sale for me. I doubt this book has ever been read. Its trimmings have all the signs of the immense opulence Ranji was known for. Only a handful of the 350 copies of the de-luxe edition of this book had the coloured miniature of Ranji playing his famous leg glance, on the front of the book. A terrific copy" (H.B.).

Estimate: £2,000-£3,000

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