Phillip Matthews, 1994, Hardcover (in Slipcase), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Limited
This specially-bound Deluxe Edition of 'The Tradition' is limited to 100 numbered copies. No dust Jacket as issued. 'The Tradition' tells the fascinating story of St Joseph's first 100 years of playing the game of Rugby football. It is not just a story of records and statistics. The book describes the intriguing personalities, memorable events, celebrated games & moments of special drama which have established for St Joseph's its renowned Rugby name. The book, illustrated with more than 100 photographs, surveys the state of play at St Joseph's from the earliest games, when the French founders were hostile to "ruggedy", to the present, when each Saturday in winter sees a celebration of play, an expression of Rugby exuberance by some 40 teams. Who would have thought that St Joseph's first chosen winter code was Australian Rules; that late last century there were moves to have the College dismissed from the GPS Association; & in the early decades of this (20th Century) the school had strong associations with Rugby League? Towering over the many stories of St Joseph's Rugby Centenary is the influential figure of Br Henry,whose astonishing coaching exploits spanning 33 years are legendary. Since his time, SJC teams have affirmed over & over again that the cerise & blue does have a special Rugby "tradition" & its story is worth being told. The author presents that story against the backdrop of both College & national history. 1st. blank preliminary has a small initialed stamp, in the top RH corner stating it is #80 of the De Luxe Edition. There is a, "Certificate of Providence" stating the number of the limited edition, the signatures of the author and the headmaster at the time of publication, "Br Ernest", that the text on the blue material covers is gold foiled. Slip case has some shelf wear & rubbing. Size: 250mm - 320mm. 164 pages. Covers have some shelf-wear as well as some bumping to corners and extremities. MC Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Australia; Late 19th -20th Centuries; Sports & Pastimes. ISBN: 0646196820. ISBN/EAN: 9780646196824. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 663.