The Lions. The Complete History of the British and Irish Rugby Union Team, 1888-2005
Walmsley, David. THE LIONS. The Complete History of the British and Irish Rugby Union Team, 1888-2005. Surrey: Genesis, (2005). First edition. ISBN: 0904351947. One of 1000 Classic Leather copies, the deluxe issue, signed by eight team members. Folio. Complete with a signed photograph in the original envelope. The story of the British and Irish Lions is an epic tale; this complete history of the touring team has been produced on an equally massive scale. The 30 tours since 1888 is told in more than 120,000 words, through the memories, diaries and letters of more than 50 Lions and their opponents, and through piecing together the evidence assembled from two years of research. This is the best illustrated book on the team ever produced. More than 600 images of the Lions and their opponents on and off the field, dating back to 1888 and the very first tour to Australia and New Zealand. Many of these pictures survive only in century-old scrapbooks in the archives of rugby museums around the world and have never been previously published. Includes full statistics on all Lions tours and Tests, contributed by Stuart Farmer, the official statistician of the British and Irish Lions. A fine copy bound in full red leather housed in a clamshell case, with the original string-tied bag.
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