James Pycroft (1813-1895) was born at Geyers House, in Wiltshire, and died at Brighton aged 82. The Cricket Field was his major work, and remains one of the sport's key early books. His approach was to mythologise cricket as a noble, manly and essentially British pastime, favourably comparing the virtues of Victorian cricket with the disgraceful state of play at the turn of the century, when betting on the outcome of matches was widespread. This is a fifth edition published in 1868 by Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer. It contains a reprint of the Preface to the first edition of 1851, a frontispiece of 'The Bowler' (William Clark) and a plate of 'The Batsman' (Fuller Pilch). The original green cloth boards are decorated with a leaf pattern and there is a gilt-embossed figure of a top-hatted batsman at the stumps on the front cover. The binding is stained on the bottom corners, which are also rubbed and worn, as is the spine. There is also a faint ink mark on the back cover. There is some minor foxing and the binding is slightly cocked but holding. There is a small ink inscription on the inside-front endpaper. The book was bound by Edmonds & Remnant of London, with the binder's label on the inside back cover.