Thos E Spencer Manuscript
Original 3pp manuscript signed by Thos E Spencer with the full text of “The Prerogative of Piper’s Flat”, a recitation specially written for the Public Reception to Victor Trumper at Sydney Town Hall, 12 December 1902. This Trumper-specific piece was penned by Spencer as a follow-up to his famous recitation titled “How M’Dougall Topped the Score” and was read at the reception by William Walsh. It finishes with the rousing line “Long Life to Victor Trumper” and no doubt brought the house down that night. On the front is a penciled note from JC Davis, the noted Australian cricket journalist “Please keep clean and return to JCD.” This precious manuscript is sold with a copy of the book by Spencer, published in 1906 by NSW Bookstall Co, both his cricket recitations were first published in permanent form.