The Cricketer's Companion containing the Scores of All the Grand and Principal Matches of Cricket played at Lord's and Other Grounds in the Season 1843 ... second edition. London: W. Clement, sold by Robert Dark [and others], [1843]. 12mo (175 x 100mm). [2], iv, 62p. Original printed dark grey wrappers. FIRST EDITION, second issue. [bound with]:

The Cricketer's Companion ... Season 1844 ... second edition. London: Sherwood and Co., sold by W. Clement Jun., R. Dark [and others], [1845]. 12mo (177 x 103mm). xii, 132p. including rear ads (one by Henry Bentley). Original front wrapper bound in (wants back wrapper). Second edition, second issue. [and:]

The Cricketer's Companion ... Season 1845. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, and sold by R. Dark [and others], [1846]. 12mo (168 x 96mm). xvi, 108p. including rear ads. (Title laid down and with closed internal tear, pp. 95-96 with clean tear affecting 12 lines, a few marginal tears, slight soiling towards end, no wrappers.) Third edition. [and:]

The Cricketer's Companion ... Season 1846. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, and sold by R. Dark [and others], [1847]. 8vo (178 x 102mm). xxviii, 108, 11p. of rear ads. Original printed buff front wrapper bound in (wants back wrapper). Fourth edition.

All 4 editions bound in one volume, 3 with wrappers preserved. Later 20th-century green half morocco, original 19th-century green calf spine laid down. Provenance: Charles Box (pencil inscription 'From the Library of Charles Box July '86' in Ashley-Cooper's hand to flyleaf of first edition) -- F.S. Ashley-Cooper (bookplate and inscription) -- Julien Cahn. After starting out as a schoolmaster at Town Malling, Charles Box became cricket editor of the Times: 'during his latter years [he] held himself somewhat aloof, preferring to sit alone in the grand-stand, apart from his fellow journalists. In his home at Camberwell, however, he was a most hospitable host .... His best known book is The English Game of Cricket, published in 1877' (F.S. Ashley-Cooper, Cricket Highways and Byways, 1927, p. 233). FULL SET of the Companions. Padwick 1068.

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