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Establishing the rules of cricket... A premier report...

Item # 671291

July 28, 1789

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 28, 1789  

*  A cornerstone issue for any cricket collection

The article is titled: "Cricket" which contains within a subtitle reading: "Laws of the Game" which takes the majority of the article. There is another smaller subhead reading: "Betts" which mentions wagering on the game. The prefatory paragraph reads: "This game, at present so fashionable, and at all times so creditable and manly, will, it is feared, receive a check from the variable state of the weather. While the frequent showers, however, are preventing cricket from being played so often as it otherwise would, it may not be amiss to compensate to inexperienced batsmen and bowlers for the loss they sustain in being deprived of their favorite exercise, by laying before them the following..." and what follows is the "Laws of the Game" as seen in the photos. The entire article takes about 1 1/4 columns.
Another of this issue sold in auction for over $3000 in 2008.
This issue is complete in 8 pages, measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches, a small rubbing hole in the front leaf not close to the cricket content (not even the same leaf) otherwise in great condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's