1865, fifth edition of James Pycroft's early cricket classic
Fifth edition, hardback rebound in plain green cloth with gilt titlign to spine. 17.5 × 11cm, xvii, 344pp + 4pp ads.
Full title: The Cricket-Field or the History and Science of the Game of Cricket.
An early edition of one of the first books on cricket, in which the Reverend James Pycroft describes cricket as an essentially English and noble sport. The book is illustrated with two portraits and a few smaller diagrams within the text. The book begins with a history of cricket and the major clubs of the time (Hambledon Club and the Old Players, The Surey, the Zingari etc) before moving on to the methds of play, such as the Science and Art of Batting, and Hints against Slow Bowling.
A good copy. The green cloth is in good order. The pages are browned and foxed throughout, with some creasing to the page edges and a little wear to the binding but the books remains secure and in strong readable condition.