27 Aug 2014

Six figure sum for rare cricket books

5:41 am on 27 August 2014

A collection of rare historic cricket books is expected to hit a six-figure sum when it's sold in England in November.

Among the lots offered for auction at Christie's are two copies of the rare 1869 edition of Wisden which are valued at $30,000 each and scorebooks dating back to 1800 which are expected to fetch $50,000 each.

Also going under the hammer is one of the few surviving copies of the first cricket instruction manual. The book, by Thomas Boxall, dates to the early 1800s and is valued at $30,000.

Another of the items up for sale is a Christmas card from cartoonist Willie Rushton, who founded the satirical magazine Private Eye, entitled 'The Australian Touring Side Of 18', which includes a sketch of a team with balls and chains on their ankles.