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[ Devon County Cricket Club and Dorset County Cricket Club. ] Autograph Signatures of the twenty-two cricketers taking part in the match 'Dorset v. Devon. Aug. 22 & 23 - 1924'.

Author: 
Devon County Cricket Club, founded 1899; Dorset County Cricket Club, founded 1896
Publication details: 
[ Dorset v. Devon cricket match. ] 22 and 23 August 1924
£45.00

On one side of a 16 x 20 cm leaf torn from an album. In fair condition, lightly aged. The signatures of the eleven Devon players in column along the left-hand edge, and those of the Dorset players in a column along the right-hand edge. Details of the match and players are hard to find. Here is a tentative reading of the Devon signatures: 'F H Canok | A R Strephardy | W F Light | S Blakeney | K G E<?> | E. G. Trench | J R Carter | C R Russell | <?> | G H H Sherlock | E A S<?>'. And a similarly-tentative reading of the Dorset signatures: 'E. C. Walby | W Harrison | W. J. Knight | M. B.

[ Len Harvey, British boxer, world light-heavyweight champion. ] Autograph Inscription with signature ('Len. Harvey.').

Author: 
Len Harvey [ Leonard Austen Harvey ] (1907-1976), English boxer, British champion at three weights, and world light-heavyweight champion, 1939-1942
Publication details: 
No place. January 1934.
£45.00

On one side of 9 x 11 cm piece of paper. In good condition, on lightly-spotted paper. Reads: 'I shall keep your clever little ode. Congratulations and good wishes. | Len. Harvey. | Cruiser & Heavyweight Champion | Jan. 1934.'

[Printed programme.] Redhill Open Lawn Tennis Tournament (Eighth Year), 1909.

Author: 
Redhill Open Lawn Tennis Tournament, 1909 [Kenneth Powell (1885-1915), English sportsman; Friedrich Wilhelm "Fieten" Rahe (1888-1949), German tennis player, runner-up at Wimbledon in 1913]
Publication details: 
C. Stephens, Printer, West Street, Reigate. 1909.
£45.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and folded paper. Headed: 'Saturday, 24th July. The Tea to-day is kindly provided by Mrs. Searle.' Giving the scorecard, with names of all participants and results from first round to final, for nine events from the 'Gentlemen's Singles (Level). New Challenge Cup presented by SIR J. COLMAN, Bart.' (F. W. Rahe versus K. Powell) to 'Ladies Doubles (Handicap)' (Miss Harper and Miss Russell versus the Misses Bowyer). Scarce: no copy on COPAC.

[Tonbridge Cricket Week, 1894-1909.] Manuscript 'Minute Book' of the Committee of Subscribers to the Tonbridge Cricket Week, with entries signed by Tom Pawley, H. A. L. Rudd, and others, and numerous newspaper cuttings inserted.

Author: 
Tonbridge Cricket Week, 1894-1909 [Tom Pawley (1859-1923), Kent cricketer; G. A. Floyd; H. A. L. Rudd [Henry Aytone Lindesay Rudd] (1867-1935); W. G. Grace; Ben Greet]
Publication details: 
[Tonbridge, Kent.] 14 February 1894 to 29 January 1909.
£850.00

285pp., 8vo, including newspaper cuttings laid down on 24pp., and one loose cutting. In contemporary black leather half-binding, with brown cloth covers, and 'MINUTE BOOK' in gilt on front. Marbled endpapers. Ticket on rear pastedown of 'W. BLAIR, | Stationer, | Post Office Buildings | TONBRIDGE'. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn binding with front hinge split. Manuscript title: 'Tonbridge Cricket Week. | 1894. | First Held 1890'.

[Victorian football ephemera.] 'Football Fixtures for Season 1883-84' and 'Football Fixtures, Season 1888-89', printed for the Banbury Harriers Athletic Club by Cheney & Sons.

Author: 
[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football]
Publication details: 
[Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.] 1883-84 list printed by 'CHENEY, TYP.' 1888-89 list printed by 'CHENEY & SONS, TYP.'
£120.00

Both items in very good condition, lightly-aged. ONE: 16mo (11.5 x 8 cm) green-card bifolium, printed in blue, with engraving in gold of the 'Club Badge' on front cover. On cover, beneath the names of the patron (the Earl of Jersey) and officers: 'FOOTBALL. | Captain - J. G. COWPER. Sub-Captain - A. M. BARROWS. | Captain Second Team - W. MORRAY. | Sub-Captain Ditto - W. HEMMING. | COLOURS - BLUE & WHITE.

[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club, Victorian ephemera.] Ten items printed for the club by Cheney & Sons, including three fixture lists (including 'Football Match List'), four 'Gymnastic Competition' certificates, two notices, and a dinner invitation.

Author: 
[Banbury Harriers Athletic Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury; football; Lord Randolph Churchill]
Publication details: 
Cheney & Sons, Printers, Banbury. Dated items from between 1883 and 1896.
£195.00

The ten items are in very good condition, lightly-aged. Six of the items (the three fixture lists and three of the certificates) carry slugs, with the printers' details not stated on the other four items. ONE to THREE: Three 16mo (10.5 x 7 cm) booklets, each of 8pp: 'Fixtures, 1890-91', 'Fixtures, 1891-92', 'Fixtures 1892-93'. Uniform in design, and attractively printed in green, blue and lilac card covers and papers, with the Club's crest embossed on each front cover in gold. Each pamphlet carries the following inside the front cover: 'Object.

Printed colour halftone handbill advertisement for the Illustrated London News by publisher by Thomas Fox, Strand, London, within illustrated floral border by Sulman.

Author: 
[Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, London, publisher of the Illustrated London News; Leighton, Brothers, Printers.]
Publication details: 
Published by Thomas Fox, 198, Strand, W.C. Leighton, Brothers, Printers. [1870s.]
£65.00

On one side of a piece of 27 x 19.5 cm. paper. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to margins. Printed in red, green, yellow, brown and black. The text is crisply printed in red and black, with an engraving of the London skyline around St Paul's beneath the magazine's title. The text begins: 'This journal contains engravings of all the leading events of public interest, from original sketches and photographs.' Subscription details are followed by a short section on 'The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News'.

Printed scorecard for a cricket match between Surrey and Oxford University, at the Reigate Priory Cricket Ground.

Author: 
[Surrey v. Oxford University, Reigate Priory Cricket Ground, 21, 22 and 23 June 1909]
Publication details: 
C. Stephens, Printer, West Street, Reigate. 'Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 1909.'
£35.00

Crisply printed on both sides of a piece of 15 x 11.5 cm card. In very good condition, lightly-aged. Priced at a penny, the scorecard is headed 'Reigate Priory Cricket Ground. | Surrey v. Oxford University. | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 1909.' Reverse carries an advertisement for J. Keasley & Sons, bakers, cooks and confectioners of Bell Street, Reigate. Oxford batted first, and the scorecard states that M. G. Salter is not out on 97, with A. J. Evans having been bowled by Platt for 47. The rest of the Oxford squad are J. A. Seitz, C. V. L. Hooman, C. S.

Six manuscript record and minute books of the St. Alban Club for young men, Plumstead, filled with references to football and cricket, and containing a number of newspaper cuttings and items of printed ephemera.

Author: 
[The St. Alban Club, Woolwich; St Alban's (Plumstead) Football Club; Hugh Lambert Ogle, Vicar of Plumstead; Edwardian football and cricket]
Publication details: 
St. Alban's, Plumstead. 1902, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908.
£350.00

In six 'Boudoir' diaries (printed by Joseph Mead, London), of uniform format and layout, but in different colours. Very good, on aged paper, with slight damp damage to a couple of the worn bindings. Although containing numerous entries, the volumes are by no means completely full of entries: there are none, for example, beyond March in the 1907 volume, or beyond Apirl in the 1908 one. Of interest is the club's proximity to the Manor Ground, Plumstead, home until 1913 of the Woolwich Arsenal F.C.

Autograph Note Signed ('Hawke') informing Barnes of his selection for England.

Author: 
Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke [Lord Hawke] (1860-1938), Yorkshire and England Cricketer, and President of the MCC [S.F. Barnes Sydney Francis Barnes] (1873-1967), England cricketer]
Publication details: 
20 June [no year]; on letterhead of 107 Jermyn Street, S.W.
£450.00

12mo, 1 p. Bifolium. On aged and foxed grey paper. Reads 'June 20th | Dear Barnes | Selection Committee will be pleased if you will play for England v The Rest at Lords 29th. | Yours faithfull | [signed] Hawke'. Hawke was an England selector between 1899 and 1909, and Barnes, one of the finest bowlers in English history, made his international debut in 1901. I'm sure someone will tell me if this was Barnes's first game for England.

Autograph Letter Signed to Edward Draper.

Author: 
Byron Webber, English novelist and journalist [The Sporting Gazette, London]
Publication details: 
15 September 1871; on letterhead of The Sporting Gazette, 135 Strand, London W.C.
£56.00

12mo, 2 pp. Text complete and legible, on grubby and creased paper. Trace of grey paper mount adhering to blank verso of second leaf of bifolium. Crude caricature of a man's face in top left-hand corner of first page. Draper 'bolted from the Club last night' - Webber can 'guess the cause' - 'thereby depriving the committee of the unit necessary to form a quorum'. Had he not done so 'Marks would have shown you the drawing which he had brought down, finished, for your inspection.' Webber will 'bring it with me to the Circle to-morrow.

Autograph Note Signed ('M. E. Kennard') to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
Mrs. Edward Kennard' (M. E. Kennard), Edwardian novelist
Publication details: 
Undated. 'The Barn | Mkt Harboro' [Market Harborough]'.
£25.00

One page. On piece of paper four inches by three and a half wide. Good, on lightly creased and aged paper. Docketed in pencil at head. 'Dear Sir | I have pleasure in enclosing my autograph. | Yrs. truly | M. E. Kennard'. Scarce autograph of the woman described as 'Harborough's forgotten novelist' (J. D. Bennett, in 'The Harborough Historian', 2001).

Autograph Signature ('J B. Hobbs.').

Author: 
Jack Hobbs [Sir John Berry Hobbs, 1882-1963], English cricketer
Publication details: 
Date and place not stated.
£18.00

On piece of paper roughly 2.5 x 5 cm. Laid down on leaf of cream paper, 8.5 x 12 cm, from an autograph album. In slightly faded blue ink, and with a crease to the bottom left-hand corner, affecting the lower loop of the 'J'.

Autograph Letter Signed to John Maxwell, publisher

Author: 
[CRICKET] Courtenay Edmund Boyle
Publication details: 
17 July 1871; on crested letterhead '13, Portman St. W.'
£50.00

English cricketer (1845-1901), wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman who played for Oxford University and M.C.C. 1 page, 16mo. Grubby and discoloured, with some fading, but no loss of text. The context raises the interesting possibility that a pseudonymous article might be identified as Boyle's. "Dr. Mr. Maxwell. | I enclose the paper on Lords Cricket which I think [hope] will be worth its space.

autograph letter signed to the artist Shirley Slocombe

Author: 
Francis Bingham Mildmay
Publication details: 
2pp, 16mo, 9 January 1898, on embossed letterhead 'Chatsworth, Chesterfield'
£35.00

English politician. 'Are not the editors of the Sporting & Dramatic News going to make any use of your drawings? & if not, would there be any possibility of your being able to let my sister have the pencil sketch you made of her? She would value it very much. | We have been hard at work acting here, & all went off very well.'

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