Bodywhine. A Treatise on the Jardinian Theory. Cartoons by R.W. Blundell, with a Few Words by V.M. Branson
Adelaide, Rigby Ltd., 1933.
Small oblong folio, 40 pages (including the covers) with illustrations on 24 pages (16 full-page) and the front cover.
Two-colour pictorial card covers recently reattached, with the spine reinforced on the verso; an excellent copy of an absolute rarity.
'The Book has been written for the new regime of cricket; the batter, bruise and bust cricket, which has been thrust upon us. This travesty of an erstwhile noble sport demands new techniques to master it ... We find after years of research that all previous books on cricket dealt mainly with batting, bowling, fielding and records. It is not now sufficient to wield a polished bat, to execute a classic leg-glance or a neat on-drive' - you get the drift. The delicious irony is that this copy has the contemporary ownership details of a young Jeff Pash (1916-2005), then aged about 17. A few years later, in 1939, he was awarded the Magarey Medal as the 'Fairest and Most Brilliant' player in the South Australian National Football League.