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WILLIAM DENISON

The Cricketer's Companion containing the Scores of all the Grand and Principal Matches of Cricket played at Lord's and Other Grounds in the Season 1843. London: W. Clement Junior, sold by J.H. Dark [and others], [1844]. [2], iv, 54p. (A few minor marginal stains.) Original plain buff wrapper bound in at front. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. [Bound with:]

The Cricketer's Companion ... Season 1844. London: Sherwood and Co., and sold by W. Clement Jun., R. Dark [and others], [1845]. xii, 124p. (P. 124 misnumbered p. 133). (Without wrappers or ads.) Second edition, FIRST ISSUE. [and:]

The Cricketer's Companion ... Season 1845. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, and sold by R. Dark [and others], [1846]. xvi, 100p. (Without wrappers or ads.) Third edition. [and:]

Cricket. Sketches of the Players. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Co., Rudolph Ackermann, R. Dark [and others], 1846. viii, 76p. (Occasional stains, without wrappers.) FIRST EDITION.

First three editions of the Companion in one volume with the Sketches, 12mo (166 x 105mm). 20th-century blue and brown buckram for MCC by E. Gray. Provenance: George W[illiam] King (1822-1881, inside front wrapper with signature dated 'Oct. 21 1867' and his list of contents, further signature, address and date on front blank to second work: 'G.W. King 26 Montpelier Road May 8, 1845').

A record for the 1843-1846 seasons, published in the years 1844-47, Denison's Companion was the historical successor to the score books of Britcher and Bentley, and with Lillywhite's Guide set the precedent for Wisden's Almanack. George W. King, an amateur who played for Sussex, himself features in the scores though not in the biographical Sketches. FINE SET. Padwick 1068; 876 and 7201.

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