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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
Grace's 'cricket bibles' for sale
A set of Wisden Almanacks that belonged to the legendary cricketer W.G Grace has been put up for sale for 150,000.

The Wisdens, cricket's bible of facts, figures and analysis, span from the first edition in 1864 to 1915, the year of Grace's death.

Many of the books include marks and annotations by the Gloucestershire and England all-rounder, some correcting his own scores in the record book.

The books are offered for sale by Rare Books and Berry in Porlock, Somerset.


Owner of the bookshop, Michael Berry said: "This is a unique collection and for their age they are in very good condition.

"They were kept for 80 years in a trunk in Canada where no one looked at them, as far as I know.

"The person that owns them now has a large cricket collection which he is running down.

"Cricket memorabilia is well sought after, and this is the creme-de-la-creme."

Dr William Gilbert Grace, who died aged 67 in 1915, is one of the sport's most iconic figures.

His playing career spanned 43 years, and he was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 1896.


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