A Complete List of All the Grand Matches of Cricket that have been played in the year 1796. With ... the Articles of Cricket inserted. London: T. Craft, printer to the Mary-le-bone Cricket Club, 1796. 8vo. (214 x 130mm). 40p. (Title heavily stained, with laminated repairs and some loss to blank areas, some leaves guarded, extensive restoration to final leaf.) Modern plain blue wrappers. Provenance: contemporary manuscript notes (on title verso and p. 6) -- [A.L. Ford (1843-1924)].

SEVENTH YEAR OF ISSUE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE COPIES RECORDED in Allen's census. The Ashley-Cooper/Cahn copy remains at Lord's; the Brockbank-Goldman copy is at John Rylands Library; the Hammond copy, sold in these rooms 21 April 2005, lot 206, is one of two copies in private ownership. This issue starts with a two-day match in early May when Eleven Noblemen and Gentlemen representing the Marylebone Club played the Middlesex Club for 500 guineas a side. A match at the New Ground, Montpelier Gardens, between sides of one arm and one leg from the Royal Hospital Greenwich, is a reminder of the carnage caused by the Napoleonic wars. There are also two matches played between England and Surrey at Dandelion Park, near Margate. The season finishes where it began with a single wicket contest at Lord's on the autumnal date of 6 October, leaving 'The Articles of Cricket' on the last four pages. The annotations to this copy and the 1793 issue described above appear to be in the same hand. The note on the title verso computes leading batting averages, headed by Lord Winchilsea whose 356 in 25 innings gave him an average of 14 6/25. Burgoyne is deemed worthy of mention with a total of 53 in seven innings giving him an average of 7 4/7. The note on p. 6 suggests that Burgoyne played in place of two others in the second innings for Earl Winchilsea against Hon. Col. Bligh at Lord's, even though he is not listed in the team. Despite having the title of 'Printer to the Mary-le-bone Cricket Club', T. Craft is virtually unknown as a book publisher. The only other 18th-century publication recorded with his imprint, apart from the Britchers of 1796-98, is the Concise Account of the Establishment, Rise, Progress, and Present-State, of the Charity School ... in the Parish of St. Mary-le-Bone', which appeared successively in 1792, 1798 and 1800. Allen 9; Allen, Samuel Britcher: The Hidden Scorer, pp. 9-10; Allen, Britcher's Scores, pp. 68-75; Rait Kerr p. 118; Padwick 669.

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