Lot 96

ROSS, Alan (1922-2001).  Australia 55. A Journal of the M.C.C. Tour. London: Michael Joseph, 1955. 8vo. Half tone plates after photographs by the author. Original blue cloth, dust-jacket (a few chips to dust-jacket). FIRST EDITION. With 3 other books by the same author, namely Cape Summer and the Australians in England (London, 1957), Australia 63 (London, 1963), both FIRST EDITIONS in original cloth with dust-jackets; and a reprint of Australia 55 (London, 1985). "The four best tour books ever written. Alan Ross, who was for years the Cricket Correspondent of the Observer and also the editor of the London Magazine, was a hugely engaging man. There is so much more to these books than cricket. A great socialite in his younger days, he was a part of the set who went around with Princess Margaret. He also wrote a gripping book, 'Blindfold Games', about his horrifying adventures on the Arctic convoys during the war" (H.B.). (4)

Estimate: £200-£300