Lot 472: Rugby – South Africa & Wales. An autograph album containing 5 pages of South African and Welsh rugby team players, 1906-07, the first page containing neat blue ink autographs of the 32 members of the 1906-07 South Africa Rugby Union touring team of Britain, including Paul J. Roos (captain), Klondyke Raaff, Bob Loubser, Stevie Joubert, Anton Stegmann, Japie Krige, Billy Millar, Paddy Carolin, J. Cecil Carden (manager) and others, undated but believed to have been signed at the time of the 11-0 win over Wales at St Helens, Swansea, 1 December 1906, the 4 further pages with purple pencil autographs on rectos of separate leaves containing a total of 75 autographs including Welsh national and club team rugby players including Gwyn Nicholls, Alfred B. Brice, Rhys Gabe, Percy Bush, Reggie Gibbs, Johnny Williams, Jack Powell, Griff Rowe, William Cole, H.J. Cole, Harry Morgan, E.E. Bailey, G. Stagg, etc., all signatures presumed to be rugby players but many unidentified, the fifth leaf with Suffragette quotation by Sydney Smith inscribed and signed by Suffragette Constance Nina Boyle, dated 17 December 1914, most of the remaining album leaves blank, ownership name of B.R. Beames of Cardiff inscribed to front free endpaper verso, hinges slightly cracked, contemporary roan gilt, a little edge wear and some loss to head and foot of spine, small 4to (17 x 18cm). The 1906-07 South Africa Tour of Britain, Ireland and France was its first overseas tour and recognised as the event that coined the phrase Springboks as a nickname for the team. The team lost to Scotland and drew against England but beat Wales, shocking the critics and ending the international careers of some of the greatest Welsh players of the time. Out of the 29 matches played, South Africa won 26, lost 2 (Scotland and Cardiff) and drew 1. While the pencil autographs on the 4 other pages contain recognisable Welsh rugby player names of the same time, many of whom played against South Africa for Welsh or club teams, other names have not been identifiably associated with rugby. It is believed that the autograph album was owned by a boarding house in Cardiff where the players possibly stayed. (1)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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