Cricket. Sketches of the Players. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, R. Dark [and others], 1846. 12mo (175 x 104mm). Late 19th-century green morocco and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, original printed buff wrappers bound in (extremities of binding rubbed, abrasion mark to marbling on lower cover).

FIRST EDITION OF THE EARLIEST COLLECTION OF PLAYER BIOGRAPHIES. Dedicated to 'the Noblemen and Gentlemen, members of the Marylebone Cricket Club', it is largely about Denison's contemporaries, though beginning with the earlier figure of Alfred Mynn, 'one of nature's finest specimens'. Allen 47: Goldman p. 173: 'rare item'; Padwick 876 & 7201.

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