• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 36


    Price Realised  


    Pullan's Theatre of Varieties, Brunswick Place, Bradford. Tuesday, August 10th 1880, under the Patronage and Presence of the Australian Cricketing Team. The performance will commence with ... Truth v. Fiction. To be followed by Lord Lytton's famous play, The Lady of Lyons. Bradford: printed at the "Chronicle and Mail" Office, [1880]. Playbill printed in black on white silk, 240 x 159mm. (light spotting).

    Bulwer Lytton's The Lady of Lyons, first performed in 1838, remained a popular romantic drama for the rest of the century. However, this is probably the only mention of a performance before a celebrity audience of Australian cricketers, illustrating that the tourists had relatively few games arranged and ample time for social activities. Having already played two matches against Yorkshire and beaten Gloucestershire at Clifton, on August 2-4, they rested until meeting England at the Oval, September 6-8, losing this sole Test match by five wickets but drawing a record attendance of 20,814 persons on the first day. NO OTHER COPIES OF THIS BRADFORD PLAYBILL, ON EITHER SILK OR PAPER, APPEAR KNOWN.

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