Ireland's Gardens and Its Cricket Associations. 'Not published': [1899]. 8vo. Brown half morocco for A.L. Ford by Riviere and Son, preserving original plain black wrapper, top edge gilt (protective lamination stuck down on inside board edges). Provenance: A.L. Ford (binding and bookplate; tipped-in letter, dated Clifton Villa, W. Brighton, 22.12.[18]99, from the author to Ford stating 'Herewith item ordered ....').

NO. 27 OF 50 UNCORRECTED PROOF COPIES, numbered by the author on title-page. A 'cricket history' of the ground in Brighton which opened to the public in 1823 and immediately became the setting for 'tennis and cricket matches on a grand scale'; these contests ended in the winter of 1847 when 'the irresistible builder swooped down upon the enclosure, and shortly afterwards the historic sward, and its cricket associations, became a thing of the past'. Taylor's letter suggests that Ford paid for the book as opposed to receiving it as a gift; it was never published in larger numbers. Padwick 892.

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