Tony Laughton - A D Taylor, The Cricketologist. Foreword by Hubert Doggart.
Boundary Books, 2002. 90pp, over 30 illus.
A D Taylor (1872-1923), journalist, author, bibliophile, statistician, collector and enthusiast of Sussex cricket, as well as musician and ‘mine host’ at the Cliftonville Inn at Hove, was appreciated nationwide for his many publications on the game. His Catalogue of Cricket Literature was the first accepted bibliography of cricket and his Story of a Cricket Picture unravelled the fictions surrounding the most famous of all cricket pictures.
In this first full appreciation of Taylor, Tony Laughton, also a collector, brings to life the enthusiasm and expertise of his subject and sets him in the local Sussex scene at the time of Murdoch, Fry and Ranji and in the wider world of cricket scholarship. Much new material comes to light, including the sketch of Ireland’s Gardens by Sussex stalwart Walter Humphreys, and for the first time Taylor’s Sussex Cricket Curiosities and his very rare Sale listing of 1905 appear in book form.
Hubert Doggart succeeds in involving such diverse characters as Ashley-Cooper, Nelson Mandela, W G, Nick Faldo, William Ward and Conan Doyle in a scholarly and entertaining foreword to a well-researched book on the ‘Cricketologist’.
Limited to 200 copies.