Felix on the Bat. Nicholas Wanostrocht.
Felix on the Bat
Felix on the Bat

Felix on the Bat.

London: Baily Brothers, 1855.

Third edition. 7 hand-colored lithographed plates, illustrations in text; x, 74 pp. 1 vols. Square 8vo. Green blind-stamped cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped title and cricket vignette (with loss to gilt), a.e.g., rebacked in green morocco, contemporary owner's signature to flyleaf, light wear to fore-edge of a few gatherings. Padwick 397; OCLC (5 copies). Item #240537

" ... the first [cricket manual] to give practical and illustrated advice" (ODNB)

Wansostrocht (1804-1876) was a schoolmaster and cricketer, who played under the pseudonym of Nicholas Felix. One of the greatest players of the mid nineteenth century, he also introduced several important padding and safety devices and invented the Catapulta, the first automated pitching machine.

The drawings are variously ascribed to Wanostrocht or a young George Frederick Watts. In either case, Wanostrocht is likely the model, his left-hand bat transformed to a right-hand bat by the lithographer's stone.

A classic, and rare in any edition.

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