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Disbound, but complete and still in the original covers, an 1830 first of William North’s Correct Account of all the Cricket Matches Played by the Nottingham Old Cricket Club from 1771 to 1829 sold for £6400 at a Richard Winterton auction.

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Offered as part of a June 25, Lichfield sale held by Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium), this rare little work incorporated an addendum detailing results from the years 1830-35, and also contained five pages of pasted-in match reports from the year 1836.

David Rayvern Allen’s excellent account of Early Cricket Books reveals the extra fascinating detail that North was a schoolmaster who at the age of 31 gave up that career to become an ‘Inspector of Corn Returns’.