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F.S. ASHLEY-COOPER

Stoddart's Team in Australia, 1897-98. London: The Cricket Press, [1898]. 8vo, player portraits, original multi-coloured wrappers (spine with stitch holes and superficial paper loss). Provenance: AUTHOR'S COPY (signed at head of Cricket Press advertisement; previously bound with two other copies in his red cloth binding) -- Julien Cahn.

SIGNED COPY of the author's second separately published work. 'The country down-under has never been able to place a more formidable eleven into the field' was his assessment of the Australian side which defeated England by 4 matches to one. With portraits and biographical notes on the 13 players, full scores of the five Tests and the 'match of records' against New South Wales, his tour book established a format that has remained perenially popular. Wynne-Thomas p. 18; Padwick 4417.

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