England v Australia at the Wicket 1st / 1st 1887
First and only print published by Brumfitt and Kirby in 1887. This is an incredibly rare cricket title about one of the oldest rivalries in sport England v Australia in Cricket. This copy is in near fine condition. It remarkably has its orginal wrappers including the spine. Nothing has been restored at all. There are a few spotting marks to the right hand side of the back panel. A previous owner has signed his name in pencil inside. Otherwise all of the pages are very clean and presentable. Overall a near fine copy.
This title gives a full run down of encounters between England and Australia from the first match in 1862 through to 1887. This includes the infamous ashes test at the oval in 1882. England lost the match, played at The Oval, and a mock obituary was posted in The Sporting Times, declaring the death of English cricket. It stated that: "The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia." The Honourable Ivo Bligh adopted the term and, as captain of the English party that travelled to Australia the following winter, promised to bring the "Ashes" home. This title records all of the scorecards of the games during this period and also the averages of the principal players. A real rarity and scarce in this condition with the original wraps.