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.
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.