The Henry Blofeld Collection

by Chiswick Auctions
March 1, 2017 1:00 PM GMT Live auction
London, LDN, UK | Auction Details

164 Lots

5: BAXTER, Peter (b. 1947, editor).  Test Match Special. London: Queen Anne Press, 1981. [Number One]. 4to. Half tone illustrations. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket. FIRST EDITION. The RARE first appearance of this publication. It contains two contributions from Henry Blofeld, “Old Trafford: The Team Goes North” and, in collaboration with Don Mosey, “Home Thoughts from Abroad.” Other contributors include John Arlott, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Brian Johnston and Fred Trueman. The text on the front turn-in accounts for the abiding popularity of Radio 3’s “Test Match Special”: “… The team’s mixture of lyrical description, dry wit, shrewd appraisal and cheerful bonhomie is reflected in the book, which uses the 1980 season (the West Indies tour and the Centenary Test match) as a framework for reminiscence on past disasters, drinks in the box, listeners’ letters, broadcasting overseas – and, of course, the inevitable ‘Rain Stops Play’.” With 3 other books produced by the BBC Test Match Special Team, namely, The Ashes. Highlights since 1948 (London, 1989), England v. West Indies. Highlights since 1948 (London, 1991) and Peter Baxter’s Can Anyone Hear Me? Testing Times with Test Match Special on Tour (London, 2013, paperback). "The First Test Match Special Book which is difficult to come by, especially in d/w, as there was a small print run. Contains Arlott's brilliant piece on the history of TMS" (H.B.). (4)
Est: £40 - £60
20: CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965) & Clementine CHURCHILL (1885-1977).  Ian Hamilton’s March. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900. 8vo. Half title, half tone frontispiece portrait, 9 wood-engraved maps in the text, folding map at the end printed in black and brown with route drawn in red ink, 36-pages of publisher’s advertisements at the end (some spotting and staining to first few leaves, occasional light spotting and staining elsewhere). Original red cloth lettered in gilt (some speckled staining, mostly towards fore-edge of upper cover). Provenance: later illegible signature on front free endpaper. FIRST EDITION. Woods A5. "The great man is required reading and I bought this and the book in the following lot at a discreet upstairs secondhand bookshop in Hobart's Salamanca Place while watching a One-day International in Tasmania at the Bellerive Oval" (H.B.). Loosely-inserted is a 2-PAGE TYPED AND AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL, stating [in autograph]: “My dear Miss Brook,” on paper headed 10 Downing Street, dated 28th December, 1944, [continuing, typed]: “What an amusing and delightful present you have sent me. I love reading ‘Orlando’ in bed. I wish I could meet a lovely [‘lovely’ crossed out and replaced in autograph with ‘living’] marmalade cat as sumptuous and enchanting. Thank you so much.” [In autograph]: “Yours affect. Clementine S. Churchill. I was at Fulmer last Friday & saw the 2000 [?]th Baby & all [?]Matron’s lovely Christmas preparations. The Nursery & V.A.Ds sang ‘Nowell’ (quite beautifully) led by Miss Buchanan. I also visited Fircroft where I found [?] Matron gay & calm & pleased with the kitchen experiment.” “Fulmer” was Fulmer Chase Maternity Hospital for Wives of Junior Officers, of which Clementine Churchill was Chairman. “Fircroft” is probably Fircroft College in Selly Oak, Birmingham. (2)
Est: £400 - £600
90: PYCROFT, James (1813-95).  The Cricket-Field or the History and the Science of the Game of Cricket … Fourth Edition. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862. 8vo. Half title, illustrations, one-page of publisher’s advertisements as a frontispiece and 2-pages of advertisements at the end (some light browning and staining). Original textured green cloth by Edmonds & Remnant with the figure of a batsman stamped in gilt on the upper cover (re-backed in modern red cloth lettered in gilt, some staining, corners frayed, bumped). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate). First published in 1851, this is one of the earliest books dedicated to the subject of “our National Game”, a term whose use is amongst the earliest recorded in the preface to the first edition (reprinted in the present edition). The author was a pioneer in promoting the “Englishness” of cricket, his pronouncements occasionally verging on the light-heartedly xenophobic. “Still the game is essentially Anglo-Saxon. Foreigners have rarely, very rarely, imitated us. The English settlers and residents everywhere play: but of no single Cricket club have we ever heard dieted either with frogs, sour crout [sic], or macaroni” (pp. 19-20). cf. Padwick 394. "Another of my father's books which I seem to remember having thrust on me as a child when I found it infinitely boring. But as I grew older, both the book and me came into our own and it has been a good friend. Fun to read" (H.B.).
Est: £70 - £100
151: RANJITSINHJI, Kumar Shri (1872-1933).  “Facsimile of Letter from Prince Ranjitsinjhi, to the manufacturers of the Norfolk Food of Strength. The ‘Cyclers’ News’ says – ‘Especially adapted for cyclists’ use. Exceedingly nutritious and sustaining’. An Ideal Food for the Old, the Young, the Weakly, or Strong. The Dyspeptic’s Friend ...” Advertisement printed in red and black, with a photographed monochrome portrait of Ranjitsinhji at the crease to the left, and the facsimile letter recommending the product to the right (some light staining), 295 x 370mm., framed and glazed, [c. 1925]. Strangely, the advertisement does not describe the ingredients of the ‘food of strength’ beyond stating that it is “A delightful dish for Breakfast and Supper. In Tins. 6d. and 1s.” It was produced by Goodrich, Hazel & Co., Ltd., Glebe Farm Mills, of Methwold, Norfolk, a company which no longer appears to be trading. "An amusing example of how even the mightiest have their price! But Ranji was hugely extravagant and, for much of his life, he could ill afford to be so. He was well off later on when he became the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar and all his debts were paid. But in the days he was first playing for England he would never have turned away the chance to earn a bob or two, nor too, did Goodrich Hazel & Co of Methwold in Norfolk. An early and amusing example of commercialism in cricket although WG Grace will have got there well before Ranji!" (H.B.).
Est: £30 - £50

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