British Sports and Sportsmen: Cricket and Football. Compiled and Edited by ‘The Sportsman’ - P. F. Warner [editor] 1917 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - Royal edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 105. Beginning, of course, with a frontispiece of W. G. Grace, this magnificently bound limited edition large folio (39 x 29 cm) is profusely illustrated with fourteen full page photogravure plates and 321 black and white images. With contributions by major sportsmen and players of the era, and edited by Sir Pelham Francis Warner, known affectionately as the Grand Old Man of English Cricket.

Covering Cricket (1-212), Association Football (213-244, 315-344), Rugby (245-301), and the final double century of pages with profiles of ‘
Prominent Players and their Performances’ (345-573). Huzzah!

Examples of the chapters on Cricket include ‘
Tours at Home and Abroad’, ‘Batsmen: By A Bowler’, ‘Bowlers: By A Batsman’, and ‘Public Schools Cricket’. Chapters on Rugby and Football include ‘The Rise of Rugby Football’, ‘Rugby Football at Universities’,‘The Evolution of Association Football’, and ‘Form at Football’.
  ‘There have been many greater cricketers than Pelham Warner but none more devoted to the game. Nothing has ever damped his enthusiasm. Whether winning or losing he has always been the same.’ - Wisden Sydney Pardon.

In 1963 Warner’s ashes were scattered at Lord's near the Warner stand close to the spot where he had hit his first four for Rugby v Marlborough in 1889.

Chapters:
1 Old-Time Cricket - G. E. Hopcroft
2 Modern Cricket 1870-1916 - E. H. D. Sewell
3 Tours at Home and Abroad - E. H. D. Sewell
4 Style and Progression - George W. Beldam
5 Club Cricket Tours - A. G. Linney
6 Public School Cricket - E. B. Noel
7 W.G. Grace - An Appreciation - Sir Home Gordon, Bart.
8 Batsmen: By A Bowler - D. L. A. Jephson
9 Bowlers: By A Batsman - Percy A. Perrin
10 The Professional Cricketer - Henry V. L. Stanton
11 The Evolution of Association Football - Alfred Davis
12 The Rise of Rugby Football - Henry V. L. Stanton
13 Rugby Football at the Universities - C. J. B. Marriott.
14 Strategy and Tactics in the Welsh Rugby Game - T.J . Pryce Jenkins M.R.C.S.
15 Form at Football - Albert G. Linney
16 Prominent Players and their Performances [Cricket, Football and Rugby]

Reference: Padwick, Bibliography of Cricket 822.

Folio (39 x 29 cm) pp. [4] xiii [1] 579 [7].
  Bound in publisher’s full dark blue morocco, spine with five raised bands lettered and tooled in gilt, triple fillet borders to covers, front cover lettered and armourial block in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, with light foxing to the photogravure plates.   Ref: 104180   Price: HK$ 4,000