Lot 420: Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack



2015-10-06 14:40:20

Lot 420: Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. The Cricketer's Almanack for the Year 1864, Being Bissextile or Leap Year, and the 28th of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria Containing the Laws of Cricket, as Revised by the Marylebone Club; the First Appearance at Lord's and Number of Runs Obtained by Many Cricketing Celebrities; Scores of 100 and Upwards, from 1850 to 1863; Extraordinary Matches; all the Matches Played Between the Gentlemen and Players, and the All England and United Elevens, with Full and Accurate Scores Taken from Authentic Sources, Together with the Dates of the University Rowing Matches, the Winners of the Derby, Oakes, and St. Leger; Rules of Bowls, Quoits, and Knur and Spell, and Other Interesting Information, 1st ed., Published and Sold by John Wisden and Co., 1864, one or two minor spots, original printed wrappers, manuscript date of 1864 and number '1' to spine, small closed tears and tiny loss at spine ends, a few faint spots to upper wrapper, previous owner inscription of C.J.G. Hulkes, Little Hermitage at head of upper wrapper (Cecil James Gladdish Hulkes, b. 06/11/1863, J.P.), 165 x 105mm, 8vo. A REMARKABLY GOOD COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of the world's longest running sporting annual. Founded by newly retired Sussex and England all rounder John Wisden in 1864, the Almanack was intended to be a direct competitor to Fred Lillywhite's Guide to Cricketers, first published in 1849. The first Almanack, edited by W.H. Crockford and W.H. Knight, contains 112 pages and records such games under 'Extraordinary Matches' as the 2nd Royal Surrey Militia v. Shillinglee match in 1855 (the Militia were all out for 0 in the first innings) and an England tour to Australia in 1862, where the England XI won by an innings and 96 runs against a Victoria Eighteen. The publication became known for recording accurate statistics, the 150th edition was published in 2013, and from the start firmly established the game in national history. (1) Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: £10000-15000
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