The Book of Cricket: A Gallery of Famous Players - C. B. Fry (editor) 1899 circa - George Newnes, London - First Edition A large and heavily illustrated ‘pictorial record’ of the great 19th century players and teams. In publisher’s illustrated green and gilt covers. Scarce in such a handsome condition.

With commentary by Charles Burgess Fry, ‘the greatest all-round sportsman of his time, and perhaps of any time. A top performer at cricket, athletics and two kinds of football, he also shone as an angler, golfer, skater and skier, rower and tennis player. Contrary to the stereotype, he was highly intelligent and a gifted writer, and as if that was not enough, he was exceptionally good-looking. His unyielding confidence in his own rightness did not always commend itself to other people, especially those in authority, but the cricket commentator John Arlott thought him ‘the most variously gifted Englishman of any age’ [
History Today]

Among Fry’s many achievements, 30,886 runs, first class batting average of 50.22, England never lost a cricket match under his captaincy, he played football for England, and also for Southampton in the FA Cup Final of 1902, played rugby for Blackheath and the Barbarians, broke the British long jump record in 1892 and equalled the world record the following year [
ESPN]

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.
  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, 7208 (initially issued as a magazine in 16 weekly parts).

Quarto (book size 36.5x24.5cm), pp. [2] 256. In publisher’s dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt to spine, front board illustrated in black and lettered in gilt and black, all edges gilt, cream colour coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, some rubbing to corners and spine ends, small chip to front edge, interior fine.   Ref: 109785   Price: HK$ 2,000