The Guide to Cricketers. London: [various imprints], 1854-1860, 1864-65 [most as dated on wrappers]. 10 vols., small 8vo (158 x 101mm). 1854: [4],104p. including front and rear ads. 1855: [iv],112p. with ads, wood-engraved portrait of F.W. Lillywhite. 1856: [iv], 104p. (without 4p. rear ads), portrait. 1857: [iv], 92p. (without 4p. rear ads), portrait. (Last two leaves soiled at corners.) 1858: 112p. with ads. (Leaves crinkled.) 1859: 120p. with ads and 'Notice. An Appeal to the Cricketing Public', fielding diagrams. 1860: 120p. with ads. (Title rather soiled and torn, corners creased.) 1864: viii,104p. (Small tear to title.) 1865 (20th): [4], iv,124p. including front ads. 1865 (21st): [4],[iv],168p. including front and rear ads (without last 4p. of ads), illustrations. (Browning to pp. 136-137.) (All vols. with titles guarded.) Uniform blue buckram for MCC, 7 vols. [1854-59, 1864] with original printed wrapper tipped in at rear, 20th edition [1865] with both wrappers bound in, 21st edition [1865] with front wrapper preserved (1864 without wrappers, wrapper to 1858 torn with significant loss, minor tears to others). Provenance: R.S. Thorpe 1860 (inscription to 1860).

Seventh to thirteenth and nineteenth to twenty-first edition, first issue, in uniform binding retaining most front wrappers. On 5 June, 1865, the MCC withdrew their patronage of the Guide as, in their opinion, F. Lillywhite had exceeded 'the fair limits of criticism upon cricketers'. It was possibly as a result of this decision that no other editions of the Guide appeared after the twenty-second in 1866. Smith 7-13; 20-22; Padwick 1086. (10)

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