• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 32


    Price Realised  


    Banquet given by the Cricket Association of Sydney at Tattersall's, in honour of the Melbourne Eleven, Monday, February 9th 1862. Menu printed in blue on white paper with perforated silk-pattern border and integral bank, 191 x 123mm. (small hole in border). Provenance: simple arithmetical sum in a contemporary hand on verso of blank second leaf -- formerly in the possession of a Melbourne family long associated with the Melbourne Cricket Club.

    ONLY KNOWN COPY of the sumptuous "Bill of Fare" provided for the visiting "Melbourne" (i.e. Victorian) team by the New South Wales Cricket Association in '1862'. The first match between New South Wales and Victoria was played at the Melbourne Ground, 26-27 March 1856, and the formal development of the game only dates from this time. The fact that Victoria and New South Wales did not play at Sydney in 1862 creates an intriguing puzzle. The 1862 match was played at Melbourne, January 9-11, Victoria winning by 10 runs. In 1863, the fixture was played at the Domain, Sydney, February 5-7, New South Wales winning by 84 runs (see Webster and Miller, I, pp. 14 and 16).

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