'The Dawn of Test Cricket'

The important historical collection
of Edward Mills Grace, Cricketer

Held on Saturday 4th July 2015, 11am.

Followed by an auction of Cricket Memorabilia, Wisden Cricketers' Almanacks, Football and Sporting Memorabilia held on the 4th and 5th July.

Lot 1

Lot 1. Edward Mills Grace. Large original sepia studio posed photograph of Grace in full cricket attire and wearing a cap, aged 21. The photograph, taken in 1862, shows Grace standing in front of a wicket holding a cricket ball with studio scene back drop of a pavilion and spectators. An excellent early image of a young E.M. Grace.
Estimate £300/500
Hammer price £900

Lot 29

Lot 29. 'The Cricketer's Trip to Australia 1863 & 1864 by Edward Mills Grace'. Extensive two hundred and twenty four page manuscript handwritten on foolscap folio paper (8" wide x 13" tall) containing the completed work by Grace, covering the entire tour to Australia & New Zealand in 1863/1864. This is the completed manuscript, completed by Grace on his voyage home to England, which he intended to publish however the cost of producing his book was far heavier than he anticipated.
Estimate £18000/25000
Hammer price £76000

Lot 4

Lot 4. 'Gentlemen of Kent v Marylebone Cricket Club, 13th, 14th & 15th August 1862'. Original cricket ball with circular shaped silver plaque inscribed 'With this ball presented by M.C.C. to E.M. Grace, he got every wicket in the 2nd innings, in the match played at Canterbury, August 14, 15 1862. Gentlemen of Kent v M.C.C. for whom he played as an emergency, and in which, going in first he scored 192 not out'. Sold with the original handwritten three page letter and envelope sent by Mr Spencer Ponsonby on behalf of M.C.C. A very early and unique item which saw Grace playing at his zenith.
Estimate £7000/10000
Hammer price £24000

Lot 143

Lot 143. Scarborough Cricket Club v The Parsees (Bombay, India) 1888. Early and original handbill for the match played at the Cricket Ground, North Marine Road, Scarborough on the 27th August 1888.
Estimate £700/900
Hammer price £1300

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