Boundary Books

Rare Cricket Books, Autographs & Memorabilia

Boundary Books

Rare Cricket Books, Autographs & Memorabilia

Since 1989 Boundary Books has published and sold fine Limited Edition cricket books, rare and out of print cricket books, Wisden Almanacks, autographs, cricket memorabilia, ceramics paintings and prints. 

We provide our regular customers throughout the world.  This online store offers just a small selection of the thousands of items that we hold in stock.  If you are looking for back copies of anything cricket related including The Cricketer, County Yearbooks, Annuals or old Wisden Almanacks then do e-mail us for a quote.  The same applies for old and rare cricket autograph material of all types.  We specialise in the great writers of cricket literature - FS Ashley-Cooper, Nyren, Neville Cardus, PF Warner, PGH Fender, Rev James Pycroft and autograph material from the great players - WG Grace, Bradman, Ranjitsinhji, Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs.  We also stock a mass of old cricket postcards, letters, photographs, scorecards - almost any kind of rare cricket ephemera. We also issue regular e-mail listings and operate a showroom in South Oxfordshire for personal callers by appointment. 

If you want to get an idea of our stock then try browsing in the "e-Alerts" section of this site.  The e-Alerts show far more of our stock than the product listings.

To order any item on this site:-  either go through the Shopping Basket system or simply e-mail or telephone us.  All prices include postage in the UK.  For overseas orders we will add postage at cost.

Contact us at the address below or send an email

Postal address: The Haven, West Street, Childrey, Oxfordshire, OX12 9UL

Showroom address:Unit 4, Stanford Business Court, High Street, Stanford in the Vale, SN78LH

Tel: 01235 751021  

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New Publication just announced

e-Alert #500 - New Publication - David Rayvern Allen.  "A Man of Many Parts"

Our first publication was in 1990, followed by around 40 or 50 printed catalogues and then our first e-Alert in 2008.  Many of you have stuck with us through thick and thin and we are grateful for that.  Hopefully we have listed enough variety and quaity to suit everyone.

It is by sheer chance - but seems appropriate - that our 28th new book publication should have arrived from the printers at just this moment.  All the details are given below but just for a bit of fun we have put together a video version which can be found on our YouTube channel - if you are interested then just tap the link below or paste it onto your web browser..

Hope you enjoy it!


DAVID RAYVERN ALLEN  "A Man of Many Parts"

by Michael Down

Eulogy by Sir Richard Stilgoe

Boundary Books, 2022.  DW, 180pp, full colour illustrations.

The book is produced in a Limited Edition of 100 copies, signed by the author, plus a further 25 copies in a special Deluxe binding and signed by Sir Tim Rice and Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Limited Edition - numbers 26-125 -  £50 plus £5 p&p.

Deluxe Edition - numbers 1-25 -  £175 plus £5 p&p



David is well known in the cricket book world for writing the official biographies of John Arlott and E W "Jim" Swanton, both of which won the Book of the Year Award.  He also wrote other well known books on cricket history - but not many know that he was the author of 40 in total.  His closest friend in cricket was John Arlott and the pair worked together on many projects.  A worthy and interesting life - but only one of his lives.

David started out as a professional musician and then embarked on a long career as a leading BBC radio producer.  He worked with many great names - Orson Welles, Judi Dench, The Who, John Arlott, Tim Rice, Richard Stilgoe and so many more.  In all, he produced over 1000 BBC shows including every episode of Friday Night is Music Night.  He won over 20 International Awards for his work including the top one - Prix Italia - for Who Pays the Piper? with Richard Stilgoe.

David was a long term Member of MCC, sat for many years on the Arts & Library Committee and did much to help the organisation of the museum and the collection.  He invented and single-handedly assembed the MCC Audio Archive whch is now named the David Rayvern Allen Audio Archive.

As well as this, David was one of the top collectors of rare cricket books, artwork and memorabilia.

Shortly before David's death in 2014, we discussed the idea of a slim little booklet describing his collection.  Over the subsequent years my research into his life has produced so much fascinating material that the booklet has grown into a full length biography.  It was firstly intended as a memento for his family and friends but will hopefully be of interest to others when they share the broad scope of his life and  career.

By far the best bit of the writing is a wonderful eulogy written by Sir Richard Stilgoe who shared so many award-winning projects with DRA.






Major New Exhibition of Cricket Artworks

We have just launched a new "Virtual Exhibition" containing an imoressive selection of cricket paintings, drawings, engravings and etchings - bith antique and modern.

The Exhibition takes the form of two separate "e-Alerts" - out regular e-mail listing service.  These can be found under the "catalogues" heading of this web site and are number e-Alert 265 and 266.

Visitors are also welcome to view these pictures "live" in our Showroom, by appointment throughout the summer.























Boundary Books becomes Partner to the Oxfordshire Cricket Board

We are delighted to announce that Boundary Books is now a main partner of the Oxfordshire Cricket Board.  We have witnessed first hand the wonderful job the County does in promoting youth cricket and are happy that we can support that work in a meaningful way.  More details can be found at:


Our most recent e-Alert #398 - Cricket Paintings, Prints & Photographs 

Some great cricket art in this e-Alert

Good Luck!



Click on 'Catalogues' at the top of the main menu to view this eAlert in detail.




Boundary Books YouTube Channel

We have just launched our new YouTube channel in order to give a more "real life" view of the showroom, the stock and specific items for sale.  Full details and links on the Video pull down tab

Cricket Memorabilia and Books Purchased

We are always interested in purchasing rare and unusual cricket items - books, autographs, postcards, scorecards, Wisdens, prints, photographs, and objects of all types.  Typically, the best prices can be offered for pre-war material.  Just e-mail or telephone us for a quote or to arrange a visit.