The photograph (218 x 294 mm) is laid down as issued on the original printed mount; the photographer is E. Ziegler, 40 Elizabeth St, Norwood (Ernest Charles Victor Ziegler, active 1879-1925). The photograph and mount are in superb condition, behind glass in the original frame. 'The Advertiser' (11 December 1931) sets the scene for these Inter-Collegiate matches: 'Today the annual cricket match between St Peter's and Prince Alfred Colleges will begin at the Adelaide Oval. Last year the game was played at Prince Alfred College, the first time in the history of the matches [first played in 1878] that the Adelaide Oval was not available. The match is one of the most important cricket events outside first-class matches in South Australia, although in recent years it has failed to [sic] the importance and drawing power of inter-collegiate matches played before the war. Many famous cricketers have graduated from the college teams'. The 1910 SPSC team was no exception; sitting next to each other are C.E. Pellew and Vice-Captain A.G. Moyes. 'Nip' Pellew played for South Australia (1913-14 to 1928-29), the AIF Touring XI (1919 to 1919-20) and Australia (ten Tests in 1920-21). Johnny Moyes, a 'promising young cricketer ... had represented (1912-15) South Australia (making a century on debut), been chosen (1914) for Australia in a tour (cancelled due to World War I) against South Africa, and played for Victoria in 1920. In Sydney, he achieved one of the highest individual scores in grade cricket when he made 218 runs in 83 minutes for the Gordon District Cricket Club in 1922.... he served as a New South Wales selector (1926-27) and wanted (Sir) Donald Bradman to play for the State' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). For many years, he worked as a journalist (including fifteen years as sporting editor of 'The Sun'), and he published thirteen books on cricket. In 1949 he began 'broadcasting sporting sessions for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. In 1950-51 he covered his first Test series, against England. In 1955 he received a full-time contract. As a cricket broadcaster, he became a household name in Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s and early 1960s' (ADB).
London, Printed in Great Britain by King & Jarrett Limited, .
Octavo (210 x 133 mm), 77 pages plus a frontispiece portrait and a processed copy of a letter on Buckingham Palace letterhead, dated 23 May 1923, conveying 'the King's sincere thanks for the copy of your book on Australia' (bound in at the title page).
Cream card covers lettered in blue on the front panel; covers a little rubbed, sunned and creased; occasional light foxing and corner creases to the text; a very good copy. The front cover is anomalous: apart from the full title and author details, it... Read complete entry
There is an inscription on the recto of the frontispiece to 'Mr Ernest Benn with kind regards from The Author. Epsom, May 1927. In [last word indecipherable]' (not surprising, as the author was then 97 not out!). At the head of the front cover is the early ownership signature of George A. Hele, best remembered as the Bodyline umpire. Bradman is on record as stating 'I think the Englishmen who played under Hele would agree that he was the best Australian umpire between the two wars' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Benn and Serjeant were no slouches either. Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn, 2nd Baronet CBE (25 June 1875 - 17 January 1954) was a British publisher, writer and political publicist. Sir David Maurice Serjeant '(18 January 1830 - 12 January 1929) was an English-born cricketer who played two first-class cricket matches in Australia for Victoria. He opened the batting for Victoria in both matches. His brother and nephews were also cricketers. He played for Peterborough in England, and in an 1850 match against the touring All-England Eleven, he top-scored in the second innings, but was bowled by John Wisden of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack fame' (Wikipedia). His obituary appeared in 'The Argus' on 14 January 1929: he had 'travelled to Australia in 1852 when the gold rush was at its height... Before he returned to London in 1859, he worked as a paperhanger, gardener, conveyancer, and builder's labourer. He played in the first two intercolonial cricket matches [between Victoria and New South Wales], and was, before his death, the only survivor of the players who took part in those games'. The book appears to be rare, despite the fact that we have identified two variant issues, under different titles. Padwick I (#3350) lists the title 'Australia - Its Cricket Bat, Its Kangaroo, Its Field for Emigration'; Trove lists only one copy of this particular title (in the National Library), but it also records a single copy of our title, 'Australia - Its Cricket Bat, Its Kangaroo, Its Farming, Fruit and Flowers' (in the State Library of Queensland). From the physical descriptions on Trove, they are essentially the same book, but with variant covers and title pages, reflecting the change of title (and explaining the anomalous '1924-1925' dates on the cover of a 1923 publication). Perhaps more importantly, it is not only rare but also interesting, a fact not made obvious by its dud title (make that plural). The prologue states more accurately that these are the author's reminiscences, and over half the book (40 pages) is devoted to his years in Australia in the 1850s, mainly his adventures on the Victorian gold fields and the colonial cricket pitches. But most importantly of all, in the endlessly fascinating world of cricket, are the provenance and the inscriptions. George Hele and the Bodyline Series need no further introduction, and David Serjeant was uniquely privileged to be able to claim (on page 40) 'with pleasure, and with pride, that I played the first over bowled in the first Great Australian Match'. Indeed, he faced the very first ball in that match, the first one played between Victoria and New South Wales, in Melbourne on 26 March 1856. The low-scoring match was over in two days, but it was the first game that New South Wales played, 'the first big match staged at the MCG, and the first first-class match in Australia for which admission ... was charged' (Webster). 'To the end of his long life [Sir David Serjeant] took the deepest interest in cricket, and as recently as 1926 was among those who welcomed the Australians on their arrival in London' (Wisden Book of Obituaries).
Adelaide, South Australian Cricket Association, 1933.
Octavo,  pages with numerous illustrations and advertisements plus cover advertisements.
Attractive pictorial wrappers (the rear one slightly marked); the centrefold scoring sheet has been completed neatly in ink (and the final results for the last three Tests have been entered on the relevant early page); essentially a fine copy.
'International Cricket. England v. Australia. Souvenir of Visit of MCC Team. October 1932 to March 1933. Third Test Match ...' [cover title].
The signatories are Woodfull (captain), Bradman, Fairfax, Hurwood, Jackson, Kippax, McCabe, Oldfield, Ponsford, Richardson, Rigg and Wall. All apart from Richardson played in that historic first Test (Grimmett did, but his signature does not appear here). Kippax and Richardson have signed in pencil; apart from minimal smudging and fingermarks, this large-format sheet is in excellent condition.
Captioned 'The Australians, 1930. W.M. Woodfull (Captain)', it features screened photographic portraits of the fourteen-member squad; 'A. Wilkes & Son, West Bromich' are credited with the photographs. Woodfull, Fairfax, Oldfield and Richardson appear in rectangular full-length portraits in the centre, with the rest of the team around them in oval head-and-shoulders portraits. Not least of them is Don Bradman on his first tour. The item is in fine condition (although folded, the creases will iron out).
On the verso are the pencil signatures of the Victorian team for the match against Queensland in Brisbane, 16-20 January 1953 (SSM 444). The signatures are Hassett (Captain), Chambers, Fitchett (12th man), Harvey, Hill, Ian Johnson, Bill Johnston, Loxton, Colin McDonald, Ian McDonald, Ring and Thoms. Six of the team played with the Invincibles; in fact, only Chambers, Fitchett and Ian McDonald were not capped for Australia (although Thoms and Hill played in only one and three Tests respectively). Victoria won by seven wickets, with Johnston collecting ten wickets.
On the verso are the pencil signatures of the Victorian team for the match against Queensland in Brisbane, 17-20 January 1947 (SSM 349). The signatures are Hassett (Captain), Baker, Freer, M.R. Harvey, Ian Johnson, Bill Johnston, Loxton, Meuleman, Miller, Ring and Tribe. Six of the future Invincibles, and only Baker did not play Test cricket (although Freer, Harvey and Meuleman each played in only one Test); Hassett scored 200, his third 50 coming in just 28 minutes. Signed in ink by the Honorary Scorer (J.J. Cantwell?), '59 yrs connected with game'. A few light fingermarks; mild offsetting to the Victorian side of the leaf; in very good condition.
On the verso are the pencil signatures for the Victorian team for the match against Queensland in Brisbane, 14-18 November 1947 (SSM 356). The signatures are Hassett (Captain), Baker, Fitzmaurice, Fothergill, Freer, M.R. Harvey, Ray Harvey (12th man), Howard, Jinks, Lambert, Meuleman and Ring (plus the Manager). Five Test players, including two future Invincibles; Howard toured New Zealand in 1949-50, and Fitzmaurice and Lambert toured with the Commonwealth team in India in 1949-50. In excellent condition.
The photograph is laid down on the original captioned mount (365 x 455 mm) bearing the photographer's blind stamp (S.P. Andrews, Wellington); both image and mount are in fine condition. Each member of the complete squad has signed the mount in ink above his printed name: Mayne (Captain), Austen, Austin, Ebeling, Ellis, Hartkopf, Liddicut, Millar, Ransford, Wallace, Willis, Woodfull (and Bean, the Manager). Only Austen, Austin, Millar and Wallace did not play for Australia in one form or another. 'The Victorians found the standard of cricket in the country had improved. Seven games were drawn, while Wellington won their match by 19 runs ... Bill Woodfull scored four unbeaten centuries, including 212 against Canterbury. His 110 against the full New Zealand side in Wellington was the basis for Victoria's six-wicket win although Vernon Ransford's 6/38 was by far and away the best bowling return of his career' (Chris Harte: 'A History of Australian Cricket').
North Melbourne, Cassell, 1974 (revised and enlarged)/ 1962.
Large quarto; synthetic cloth; lightly marked and very slightly bumped; ownership details; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little marked and unevenly sunned and slightly rubbed, creased and torn.
(Offered together with a scorecard for the First Test at Lord's over three days on 24-27 June. West Indies batted first - Headley 106; Copson 5-85 - and the card is complete to the fall of the first England wicket at 49. 240x125mm, creased where folded in four; in very good condition).
Octavo, xxii, 183, 1 (blank), 1 (publisher's advertisement), 1 (blank) pages plus a frontispiece plus 23 full-page plates.
Gilt decorated cloth; unevenly cut; covers lightly rubbed and marked; extremities slightly bumped; spine slightly darkened; edges a little foxed; endpapers offset; sporadic light foxing; a very good copy.
Quarto; original cord-bound blue card wrappers a little rubbed and creased; top corner bumped with associated light creasing throughout; foot of the spine slightly worn with very slight loss; a few trifling marks; a very good copy.
175x120mm,  pages (with the bill of fare and toast list on the centre pages) bound into deckle-edged card covers with three ribbons in the SACA colours.
With the very large pencil signature of Clem Hill at the head of the front cover. The covers are very slightly marked, and the original owner has signed a bottom corner of the front cover; in excellent condition. Clem Hill (1877-1945), Australia's first great left-handed batsman, a veteran of 49 Tests and four tours of England, captain of Australia in 1910-11 and 1911-12, one of the Big Six in the great Board of Control v Players controversy, with a career-highest score of 365 not out ... consult any reference book if you want any more superlatives. His first-class career ran from 1892-93 to 1924-25; here he is being farewelled from South Australia, having moved to Melbourne in 1937 to become a handicapper for the Victorian Amateur Turf Club. His death seven years later came as a result of injuries sustained while alighting from a tram (OCAC). This is a significant memento of the end of a most glorious innings in Australian cricketing history.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 28 November 1932/ 14 November 1932.
Octavo, xviii, 208, , 26 (publishers' catalogue) pages with 25 illustrations in the text plus 11 full-page plates.
Cloth slightly discoloured in the gutters of the hinges; endpapers slightly offset; contemporary ownership details in pencil; a near-fine copy.
Dr Herbert Vivian Hordern (1884-1938) was a 'googly bowler of exceptional merit and a useful batsman' who played seven Tests for Australia (against South Africa in 1910/11 and England in 1911/12). He was only 'prevented by the claims of his medical career from visiting England with an Australian side'. A rare book in our experience.
Octavo, 168 pages with a few advertisements, 4 full-page cartoons by Arthur Mailey and a frontispiece portrait (two copies are bound in, along with duplicates of the preface and contents leaves).
Pictorial wrappers slightly rubbed at the extremities, with expert restoration to two tiny holes near the rear hinge; an excellent copy.
Reminiscences and observations of an Australian Test player. Frank Iredale (1867-1926) played 133 matches for NSW from 1888-1901 and 14 Test matches from 1894-99; these included the 1896 and 1899 tours of England. 'A journalist by profession, Iredale was an Australian selector during the 1911-12 season, when he was a hapless witness to the enmity between Peter McAlister and Clem Hill. From 1914 until his death he was secretary of the NSWCA' (Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket).
The captain of Lillywhite's team, Charles Aubrey Smith (1863-1948), was an extraordinary character by any reckoning. In 1888-89 he captained the first team to visit South Africa, and in the first Test (his sole Test appearance) he played a considerable part in England's victory. He remained in South Africa at the end of the tour; on his return to England several years later, 'he made his debut on the London stage in 1896, and in the 1920s went to Hollywood, where in many films he typified the English gentleman - as he did in life. ... He was knighted for his services to Anglo-American friendship' (Martin-Jenkins). He was captain of the Hollywood Cricket Club in a match against the touring Australians in 1932! Offered with this 1887 team photograph is a printed portrait card (140x105mm) of Smith, based on a 1940s painting by John Vogel; it has been inscribed and signed in ink 'To Ruth, C. Aubrey Smith'.
Octavo, 60 pages with numerous caricatures by Kerwin Maegraith.
Pictorial wrappers; a fine copy.
Loosely inserted is an original pencil caricature by Maegraith (dated 1950); on the verso are twelve autographs of WA cricketers (plus the manager, Bryant) dated November 1949. A fund-raiser for charity.
Original colour-pictorial front wrapper (unevenly trimmed at an early stage, now expertly lined with tissue, with the margins reinstated) and modern replacement rear wrapper; contemporary ownership stamp on the inside front cover and two other pages,... Read complete entry