Imperial Cricket - P. F. Warner (editor) 1912 - The London & Counties Press Association Ltd, London - Subscriber’s Edition number 461 of 900 Hail CRICKET! Glorious, manly, British Game!
First of all Sports! be alike in Fame!
’ – James Love, 1744.

And Huzzah! to that. Presenting a magnificent and obviously imperial work, which covers the growth and development of Cricket throughout the Empire from Hong Kong and the Far East, Ceylon, India, British Malaya and Bermuda to South Africa, West Africa, India, Australia, Fiji, Egypt and the Sudan. Not only the history of Cricket in each area but with anecdotes and illustrations. In addition there are chapters on
The History of Cricket; Cricket and the Royal Family, Oxford and Cambridge Cricket; I Zingari; and Free Foresters.

A nice example of this large work (32x26x6cm), heavily illustrated with six full page photogravure plates, three full page colour plates and 93 black and white images.

Contributors include FS Ashley-Cooper, ACM Croome, Andrew Lang, Cecil Headlam and SP Foenander. With an extensive index compiled by Ashley-Cooper.
  Sir Pelham Warner was known affectionately as Plum Warner and the ‘Grand Old Man of English Cricket’. 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.

‘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.

Provenance: Joseph Rowley Frisby (1879-1929), of Leicester, with his armourial bookplate. Father of Joseph Brankin-Frisby (1908-1977) who played for England and Leicestershire.

Reference: Padwick,
Bibliography of Cricket 83. ESPN cricinfo.

Quarto (binding size 32 x 26 x 6 cm) pp. [4] xxi [3] 503 [3]. Pagination is that of publisher, which includes plates.
  In deluxe publisher’s binding of crimson morocco, spine panelled and titled in gilt, front cover with gilt double fillet border enclosing a floral gilt block, rear cover with blind tooled double fillet border, silk endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some minor fading to spine, rubbing to corners and edges, foxing to thick endpapers and one or two plates else clean and sharp.   Ref: 109784   Price: HK$ 5,500