[Twelve comic cricket sketches, drawing room scene and watercolour by a Kashmiri artist, c.1860]
Pen and ink sketches and watercolour (one signed ?AR), with ms, pasted to two album sheets, each 290 x 225mm (11½ x 9"). Damage to portrait. Comical cricket vignettes by an amateur artist, and a watercolour portrait described as follows: 'This splendid work of Art is from the pencil of one Duli Jehan- a name perhaps but little known in Western Europe- A native of Cashmere + a "self made man" he might have done well had he possessed the very faintest idea of drawing- or been able to hit off anything at all approaching to a likeness + been less exorbitant in his chrages. He was hanged during the Mutiny in 1859- why or wherefore nobody could ever discover but everybody said he richly deserved his fate- He was a very inoffensive man- but he charged me ten rupees for the above- so perhaps everybody was right'.
[Ref: 42452] £450.00
Felix on the Bat; Being a Scientific Inquiry into the use of The Cricket Bat; Together with the History and Use of the Catapulta. Also the Laws of Cricket, as Revised by the Marylebone Club, 1845.
London: Bailey Brothers, Cornhill MDCCCXLV .
First Edition. 4to, original half morocco gilt with marbled boards, edges worn; title + pp.41, coloured litho. frontis. & 9 plates, 6 coloured, a few wood-engraved text illustrations. Some faint soiling, remains of ink library stamp on title, occasional ink mss. and spotting. Nicholas 'Felix' Wanostrocht (1804-76), noted English gentleman cricketer, played for Kent from 1830 until 1852, alongside Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, William Hillyer and Ned Wenman. Besides writing this famous instruction book he invented a bowling machine called the 'Catapulta', described and illustrated here, and batting gloves made from india rubber. According to Abbey this is 'The only colour plate book prior to 1850 devoted to cricket'. The illustrator was George Frederick Watts (1817-1904), who exhibited at the R.A. from 1837. The frontispiece is a visual pun: Felix is shown while standing on the back of a bat flying over a cricket pitch. Further original editions were published in 1850 & 1855.
Abbey Life: 396.
[Ref: 42814] £850.00
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Felix on the Bat: being a Scientific Inquiry into the use of The Cricket Bat; Together with the History and Use of the Catapulta: contain also, coloured drawings, woodcuts, and Vignettes, Illustrative of the Principles of Batting; New Diagrams and Theoretical Demonstrations, Illustrative of the Great Question of ''Leg Before Wicket;'' A Dissertation on the Different Styles of Bowling [...] Also the Laws of Cricket, as Revised by the Marylebone Club.
London: Bailey Brothers, Cornhill MDCCCL .
Second edition, enlarged. 4to, original blind-illustrated cloth, rebacked, later endpapers, all edges gilt; pp. viii (incl. half-title & title) + 58 + (2)(publisher's ads), coloured litho frontis. & 9 plates, 6 coloured, a few wood-engraved text illustrations. Ink ownership inscriptions on prelim. & title, occasional spotting; frontis. taped in. Nicholas 'Felix' Wanostrocht (1804-76), noted English gentleman cricketer, played for Kent from 1830 until 1852, alongside Alfred Mynn, Fuller Pilch, William Hillyer and Ned Wenman. Besides writing this famous instruction book he invented a bowling machine called the 'Catapulta', described and illustrated here, and batting gloves made from india rubber. According to Abbey the first edition (1845) was 'The only colour plate book prior to 1850 devoted to cricket'. This second edition has a new introduction and a chapter on bowling. The original illustrations by George Frederick Watts (1817-1904), have been replaced, although the changes seen to be limited to the removal of most of the players' caps and their mutton-chop whiskers. Stylistically they are the same, and the punning frontispiece of Felix riding a bat over a cricket pitch is retained. A third edition was published in 1855.
See Abbey Life: 396 for the first edition.
[Ref: 42815] £680.00
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El "Football" de Salon. The Drawing Room Football. Le Football de Salon.
L. Saussine, Editeur Paris. [n.d., c.1900.]
Chromolithograph, scarce. Sheet: 560 x 450mm (22 x 17¾"), large margins. Tear in margin bottom centre. An advert for a game called the 'Drawing Room Football' by Leon Saussine a French game maker. Leon Saussine was active from 1860 until his death in 1899 after which point his sons took over the business.
[Ref: 42621] £650.00
Serment du Jeu de Paume a Versailles le 19 Juin 1789.
Dessine par C. Monnet. Grave par Helman.
A Paris chez Decrouan Editeur, Rue de Rempart, 4, vis-a-vis le Theatre Francais [n.d., c.1850].
Engraving. Plate: 470 x 360mm (18½ x 14"). Staining, foxing and tears in margins. A real tennis scene showing the meeting of the third estate who following their being barred from a meeting by the King pledge an oath not to leave the meeting until a new constitution was established. Having not been allowed into the meeting the assembly met in the royal tennis court at Versailles. A nineteenth century impression of the plate first published by Nicolas Ponce in 1792.
[Ref: 42760] £230.00
To His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. The Plate Representing a Meeting of The Society of Royal British Archers In Gwersyllt Park Denbighshire Is by Permission Most Respectfully Dedicated to his Royal Highness's most obedient and devoted humble Servant John Emes.
The Figures drawn by R. Smirke R.A. The Landscape by J. Emes. The Aqua-Tinta by C. Apostol.
Published as the Act directs April 1, 1794 by J. Emes, No. 1 North Street, Upper Charlotte Street, London.
Aquatint, scarce. Sheet: 610 x 480mm (24 x 19"). Trimmed within plate and laid on paper A scene showing a meeeting of the Society of British Bowmen, a group started up by Sir Foster in 1787, it gained Royal patronage and the Prince of Wales presented a prize each year. The scene shows a lady taking aim at a target, several other women with bows gather around her, women, men, children and their dogs watch from the side-lines.
[Ref: 42740] £850.00
The Ladies Cricket Club - Matches to Come.
Coloured lithograph. Sheet 120 x 210mm (4¾ x 8¼"). Two vertical folds, laid on album paper. The Lillywhite Ladies playing a cricket match, watched by a female crowd. Published in the Punch Pocket Book, 1869.
[Ref: 42439] £95.00
Scenes in New Zealand. To James Baxter. Esq., Manager of the British Rugby Football Team. From the New Zealand Goverment August, 1930.
Album of 25 Photographs. Small, oblong folio, Morocco binding with gilt. 340 x 240mm (13½ x 9½"). Rubbing to binding, some foxing. A scarce early Rugby Lions item, with a copy of "History of the British Lions" by Clem Thomas, 1997. A presentation copy of an album of photographs of scenery of New Zealand presented to James Baxter with a dedication from George Forbes (1869-1947), Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1930-1935, in celebration of the first British 'Lion's' tour to New Zealand in 1930. The team was the first bona fide British team to tour New Zealand. Dedication reads: 'With complts & best wishes George Forbes, Prime Minister N.Z. Augt. 14th 1930.'
[Ref: 42852] £700.00
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The Village School.
Pub.d Dec.r 1828, by J. Harris, corner of St Paul's and Baldwin & Craddock Paternoster Row.
Engraving, sheet 180 x 100mm (7 x 4"). Two vignettes, including a cricket match taking place at a school, within decorative border.
[Ref: 42451] £110.00