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One other Dialog With Nauman Niaz


Having scratched the floor of the beautiful private museum of Nauman Niaz in my earlier submit, an extra go to was lengthy overdue. However this time there will likely be little point out of cricket . The bibliography of our nice sport is one thing I do know a superb deal about, and though my information of different features of cricketana is extra rudimentary it’s nonetheless a topic I perceive.

Nauman’s museum accommodates round 7,000 cricket books, so he and I may discuss for hours on finish with out the necessity to stray exterior my consolation zone, however that received’t alter the truth that in whole his library extends to round 19,000 objects, so there’s a nice deal extra to study.

However first an perception or two into Nauman. His educational achievements alone are exceptional. He started his schooling at St Mary’s Academy in Rawalpindi earlier than transferring on to the well-known Aitchison Faculty in Lahore. 

From there Nauman did his first diploma, again in Rawalpindi on the Rawalpindi Medical Faculty, earlier than he unfold his wings and undertook additional levels on the Royal Faculty of Physicians in London, Edinburgh, Eire and Glasgow, a PhD from the College of Western Australia and a Submit Doctorate from Oxford College. Combining as he has his stellar careers in drugs and journalism/broadcasting I used to be not shocked to study that Nauman is a person who exists on three hours sleep an evening!

The calls for his professions place on him however Nauman has nonetheless had loads of time to have interaction together with his ardour for cricket and his overarching want to attach with the previous, significantly 18th and nineteenth century Britain.

Nauman additionally acknowledges a substantial debt to his lineage. His late father was Lieutenant Normal Hamid Niaz of the Pakistan Military, so there’s warrior blood in him. While Nauman’s father was not a collector as such, he nonetheless handed on to Nauman numerous objects that kind a part of his assortment at the moment, not least amongst these being two signed cupboard playing cards of Abraham Lincoln that had been offered to Hamid on a visit to the US.

So what are Nauman’s non-cricketing bibliographical passions? Many and different is the brief reply to that one, and each fiction and non-fiction are nicely represented in his assortment.

Charles Dickens is without doubt one of the most well-known names in English literature and revealed 15 novels. Nauman’s assortment accommodates copies of all of them, 9 second second editions and 6 first and, amongst these, a duplicate of Oliver Twist signed by Dickens.

A newer space of fertile floor for collectors are what are referred to on the whole phrases as ‘trendy firsts’. Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels are as collectable as any. There are 13 of all of them collectively and Nauman has signed copies of all of them full, after all, with their authentic mud jackets.

Shifting on to non fiction Nauman is a good aficionado of Winston Churchill, and his assortment homes a duplicate of every of Churchill’s 72 revealed works, all first editions and round half of them signed. Not essentially probably the most helpful, however maybe probably the most fascinating are his signed set of the seminal six quantity Historical past of the Second World Conflict.

One significantly fascinating merchandise within the Niaz assortment is a duplicate of Gandhi’s eight quantity assortment of his personal writings. Naturally it’s a first version (1953), and one on the volumes is signed. Particular sufficient however there was additionally a restricted version revealed in South Africa that was certain in fabric taken from Gandhi’s dhoti, a conventional merchandise of apparel for male Hindus, and Nauman’s copies come from that version.

As a ten yr outdated I recall vividly sitting with my father while he watched a information programme on the tv in regards to the dying of Bertrand Russell, and my father defined me to me that Russell was a person with a mighty mind, primarily a thinker and mathematician, who had simply died on the age of 97.

Later in life I grew as much as perceive extra about Russell, whose bibliography is immense. His most well-known work is A Historical past of Western Philosophy, first revealed in 1945. Nauman has a signed first version of that one in its authentic mud jacket, and the identical applies to lots of Russell’s different books. However his prized possessions in that a part of his museum are the three volumes of Principia Mathematica, revealed between 1910 and 1913 and, after all, creator signed.

However what’s the one factor that Nauman doesn’t have however want to personal above all others? The reply to that one is the signature of William Shakespeare. That the Bard’s autograph could be an costly one doesn’t shock, however till Nauman wistfully defined the state of affairs to me I hadn’t realised that solely six examples are identified. 5 of these are owned by British establishments, and the solitary instance in non-public palms final modified palms in 2006, for the small matter of $4,600,000. 

So the acquisition of a Shakespeare might show problematic, so for my part Nauman could be nicely suggested to stay to a few various ambitions, the comparatively simple certainly one of a full set of Wisden in authentic situation, or the higher problem of including the opposite fourteen editions to his presently considerably lonely copy of Britcher’s Scores, however that brings us again to cricket, and a topic for an additional day, however for now an extra choice of pictures from the gathering ……

Martin has had the pleasure of talking to Nauman Niaz once more, and for as soon as there wasn’t an excessive amount of cricket discuss

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