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THOMAS BOXALL

Rules and Instructions for playing at the Game of Cricket ... to which is subjoined the Laws and Regulations of Cricketers. London: Harrild and Billing, [c. 1802, p. 79 with 1801 watermark]. 2 parts in one vol., 12mo. (133 x 82mm). [viii], 7-71, 78-92p. (69-70 blank). (Lacks frontispiece.) Contemporary brown half morocco for A.L. Ford by Zaehnsdorf, original blue marbled front wrapper with title label bound in, gilt edges (slight dampmarks to edges of endpapers). Provenance: A.L. Ford (binding and bookplate).

Second edition, second issue, of the first practical treatise on the game, the second part containing the laws. Padwick lists three editions, the first, c. 1801, without, the other two with the frontispiece. There were two issues of the second edition, both c. 1802. The third edition of 1804, of which three issues are known, was the first to be dated on the title-page. Taylor (p. 17) called Boxall's pocket book 'perhaps the most rare and coveted of the very few contributions to the literature of cricket in the early days'. An inserted cutting from a cricket journal states: 'the book ... must have been written by a man of a good deal of practical and literary ability, though it is very probable that Thomas Boxall lent to it little more than his name, and that some press-hack of the day did the work'. Allen 11; Rait Kerr p. 120; Padwick 373.

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