Auction Date: 7/11/2018 at 01:30 pm
1990 Tony ‘O’Reilly’s Homage’ – British Lions and South Africa Ultra-Rare Limited Edition Hardback de Luxe Rugby Book: 120 pp in heavy green leatherette boards with gold inlaid cover & spine titles, No.15 of 50 copies, calligraphically dedicated to Jack van der Schyff and signed to that frontispiece by Host Tony O’Reilly and Guest of Honour Dr Danie Craven. Keith Clayton was asked by O’Reilly to create the very personal volume, with press cuttings and ‘then and now’ pictures of many of the 1955 Lions and S African players and other appropriate guests at the Cape Town hotel, where he paid for all to honour the almost-80 year old Doc. Striking colour art portrait of the pair, many coloured pictures and autograph pages graced by those of Cliff Morgan, R H Williams and Bryn Meredith. Addresses page, index and, to the endpapers, fine action studies of the then ‘Mr Heinz Worldwide’, O’Reilly, as he had been in his prime 1955 Lions form. A great and very unusual chance to possess this fascinating rare rugby volume.