53. JOHN WISDEN’S CRICKETERS’ ALMANACK for 1902: rebound from title page to p.536 and incorporating the photographic plate “FIVE CRICKETERS OF THE YEAR”; half red calf over cloth-covered boards, blank end-papers, gilt titles to spine. Provenance: The family, by descent from the estate of Essex cricketer and England selector, Percy Perrin [1876-1945]. ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $150–250 Ex 54 Ex 57 54. MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB - GRAND OPEN-AIR CONCERTS: A small group of five official programmes for the Monday evening concerts which took place on Dec.22nd, 1902, Dec.29th, 1902, Jan.5th, 1903, Feb.2nd., 1903 and March 30th, 1903 all with Code’s Melbourne Brass Band under the conductor Mr E. Code and various other performing artists; also the “Great Edisonia Animated Pictures” shown by Mr G. D. Radcliffe. The reverse of each printed programme features a Robert Hurst shoes advertisement. (5 items; all printed by Syd. Day., Melb.). While all 5 programmes (each approx. 29 x 15cm) have faults, these are exceptionally rare survivors of the series of summer concerts which were a feature of Melbourne life in the early 1900s. These are the first examples we have offered. As reported in the Melbourne Cricket Club Annual Report for 1901-02 at pp.19-20, “The Open-air Concerts have been carried out with marked success. Twenty-four Concerts were given, the average attendance of members at each Concert being 1641, the attendance of the general public also being of a very satisfactory character. During the season the Committee introduced a new feature - viz., the Edisonia pictures - which proved such a success..... As the Concerts have now become an established institution, the Committee hope during next season to make them still more attractive. ” (5)�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $500–750 Wisden's Almanacks between lots 41 and 138 16