4 May 2006,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 19,200
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
The Australian Cricketers' Tour through Australia, New Zealand, and Great Britain
Bathurst: A.B. Rae, 1878. 8vo., 7 preliminary and one end advertisement leaf, the former with wood-engraved portraits of D. Gregory, F. Spofforth and C. Bannerman (occasional creasemarks at upper margins), modern blue half calf and marbled boards, original purple printed wrappers bound in, front wrapper with portrait of Spofforth, "The Demon Bowler" (front wrapper a little worn at edges, back wrapper with laminated repairs on verso). Provenance: Angus and Robertson, booksellers, Sydney (label at foot of title).
RARE ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST TOUR OF ENGLAND. Belief in the natural superiority of English cricket was shattered by Australia's 9-wicket win at Lord's over an M.C.C. club team which included W.G. Grace. "The tour was ... a tremendous success, and it established in England a healthy respect for Australian cricket, especially in bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping, where Blackham made a big reputation. The only discord arose from the 'removal' of Midwinter and the claim that Grace and others were paid for their services ... The real pity is that there was no Test match" (Moyes, p. 175). It is from Reynolds specifically that we know the Australians wore blue and white caps and scarves, and looked "uncommonly well" (see Moyes p. 171). Padwick 4968.
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