Cricket In Music And Prose

Lot 1373:
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'A Cricketer's Song written by Daniel H.C. Nelson, and sung at one of the meetings of the East Surrey Cricket Club, in the season of 1831'. Rare original manuscript, handwritten in ink in neat copperplate of the song subsequently published by J. Chappell of London. The poem refers to fifteen club members, beginning with the veteran Rich, ending with the umpire Dick and the author, Nelson. The sixth verse is dedicated to Wanostrocht ('Felix'), 'a model for all, and the Pink of our Club'. Owner's signature in ink to the front page of Geo Rich who, as 'the Veteran Rich', is the subject of the second and third verses. The manuscript has also been annotated in pencil, presumably by the owner, Rich, with the letters A-E, which refer to notes published in the printed version relating to four of the featured players and the church near the Club ground. The booklet is contained in a modern blue cloth slip case. A copy of the printed version was sold by Knights in 2016 for £2,400. Horizontal and vertical folds, wear to spine and some ageing, otherwise in good condition for its age
Estimate: £1000/1500
Hammer price: £1500
Lot 1374:
'Keep Your Tail Up Kangaroo. The Big Australian Cricket Chorus Song by Neil McBeath, first issue, copyright 1932. Four page music score containing two pages of music and lyrics published by Harold Neal of Melbourne. The front cover depicts a kangaroo with a cricket bat under his arm holding a bucket of ashes. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
Lot 1375:
Lot 1375
'Keep Your Tail Up Kangaroo. The Official Australian Cricket Board Song'. Words and music by Neil McBeath, copyright 1932. 'Special Souvenir Edition'. Four page music score containing two pages of music and lyrics tipped into modern blue cloth. The front cover states 'To be broadcast and sung at the M.C.C. during the vital Test Match by permission of the Victorian Cricket Association and courtesy', with printed photographs of Don Bradman, Gubby Allen and singer Arnold Colman. Not listed by Padwick, but shown in the Bibliography vol II, no 3255. VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £60
The song was presumably intended for the fifth and final Test at Melbourne in February/March 1937, when England lost the series after being two matches up. According to the National Library of Australia the first issue appeared c1932 with the picture on the front cover of a kangaroo with a cricket bat and a bucket of ashes
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'The Greedy Dwarf'. J.M. Barrie. Original and rare four page programme for the performance of a pantomime performed at Barrie's home 133, Gloucester Road on 7th January 1901. Presented by the Allahakbarrie Cricket Club 'for the first and only time on stage'. The cast included Barrie as Cowardy Custard, Mr [A.E.W.] Mason as Sleepyhead, Gerald du Maurier as Allahakbarrie, Addison Bright as Bruin, a bear, and Will Meredith as a policeman- all members of Allahakbarries C.C. The attending children were given copies of the programme. The programme is tipped into modern cream/gilt boards. Not listed in Padwick. Horizontal fold, otherwise in good/ very good condition. Very rare
Estimate: £400/600
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 1376:
Lot 1376
'The Richmond Heiress or a Woman Once in the Right. A Comedy'. Thomas D'Urfey. London, 'Printed for Samuel Briscoe, over-against Will's Coffee-House in Covent Garden'. 1693. A very early and rare 70pp original script for the play 'acted at the Theatre Royal, by Their Majesties Servants', containing a very early reference to cricket in 'Shinken's Song to the Harp'. 'Hur was the prettiest Fellows, trum, &c/ At Bandy once at Cricket, trum, &c...'. Bound in modern brown cloth and marbled covers. Padwick 852. Pages tightly trimmed by the book binder, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £280
Lot 1377:
Lot 1377
'A Song in the Play call'd the Richmond Heiress, the words by Mr. Durfey, sung by Mr. Bowman'. Published in 1693. Single page of sheet music for a song in five verses, with musical accompaniment and a flute part. Verse three contains a very early reference to cricket, 'Hur was the prettiest Fellows, thrum, &c/ At Bandy once at Cricket, thrum, &c...'. The song is referred to in the full script for the play (see previous lot). Tipped in to modern blue cloth, in very good condition. Not listed in Padwick. Rare
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £400
Lot 1378:
Lot 1378
'Sedburgh School Songs'. Written and illustrated by Ralph St John Ainslie. Richard Jackson, Leeds, 1896. 102pp book of songs covering a range of subjects. Pages 56-61 comprise a 'Cricket Song'. The song is preceded by and interspersed with cricket illustrations including W.G. Grace, children playing cricket etc. Printed on high quality heavy paper and bound in vellum with gilt titles and illustration of a boy singing to the front cover and spine, gilts to page edges. Padwick 1533. Some foxing to endpapers, otherwise in very good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £28

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