Australian XI English Tour 1934. Orient Line RMS 'Orford' ... [cover title]. A pre-tour booklet, printed in England (180 x 130 mm, 12 pages plus the decorated card covers); basically a who's who, with biographical details and a photographic portrait of each member of the squad. This copy has been signed in ink across the relevant portrait by all those featured: Woodfull, Barnett, Bradman, Bromley, Brown, Chipperfield, Darling, Ebeling, Fleetwood-Smith, Grimmett, Kippax, McCabe, Oldfield, O'Reilly, Ponsford (a little smudged), Wall, the manager H. Bushby and the treasurer W. Bull
Three-colour pictorial card covers slightly rubbed and creased; mild signs of use; original (young female) owner's signature in ink on the blank outside rear cover; an excellent copy.
Padwick 5066. 'The Australian team of 1934 arrived in this country with the knowledge that during the previous series of Test matches in Australia they had been beaten four times and successful only once and to the majority of people at home the idea of England losing the rubber was as remote as it had been in 1930. Australia, however, won two Test matches to England's one - the struggles at Manchester and Leeds being left drawn - and, by a remarkable coincidence, Woodfull, again as in 1930, led his side at the Oval to the victory which regained The Ashes, on the anniversary of his birthday - August 22' (espncricinfo.com). Loosely inserted is a sheet of paper (small quarto, with the printed letterhead of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club), signed in ink by Wyatt, Ames, Bowes, Hammond, Hendren, Hopwood, Keeton, Leyland, Mitchell, Verity, Walters, Wyatt and M.S. Nichols (12th man). This is the England team that played Australia in the 4th Test at Headingly, 20-24 July 1934; the match was drawn. 'Heavy rain at 1 p.m. on the last day saved England from probable defeat after Bradman had scored his second triple century  in successive Tests at Leeds' (Wisden). William Keeton made his first of only two Test appearances in this match. On the blank recto is the signature of the original young (female) owner of the sheet.