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1864 - 1895 > Rebound - Other > Minus Covers
1864 Original Wisden, Rebound Without Covers, John Arlotts!
Listing # 23528
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Location: UK
Started : 20/05/2011 08:33:00
Ended: 20/05/2011 09:28:05
Seller: CAT12 (3808)  
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Wisden Year: 1864
Rebound With?: No Covers
Trimmed: Slightly but no text missing
Foxing: Very Little
Any Repairs?: No
Overall Condition: 8
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To celebrate wisdenauction reaching 1 Million hits, I am listing my spare 1864 Wisden (rebound without covers) - an incredibly scarce book and of course the First Edition of Wisden.

Special enough alone, but this book has a wonderful provenance. It was part of John Arlotts set (he had two, the lucky fellow) one he sold to fund his trip to Alderney , the other - this one- he signed to the title page before passing on. This is almost certanly the book John was reading on the "Wisden" South Bank Show a few decades ago. It was once part of 1864-6 but has been split out and rebound back to 1864.

This 1864 Wisden is in excellent condition, a superb rebind, nice and clean throughout, tiny loss by the spine to a couple of pages and odd dot on ink towards the rear but a delightful Wisden that would look great in anyones collection.

Please see the large photographs, any questions, feel free to ask. 

Postage will be covered by my library insurance and is free.

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PS My 1864 Newsletter  write up :

Finally one night after the kids were in bed I managed to start the reading quest (where does time go?), I don't intend to give a blow by blow account (id be making notes more than reading the book) but anything I find quite interesting (a la the quiz show) ill pop in here. There are plenty of other excellent works that will give you a good summary of the facsinating Wisden. 

The 1864 does seem to be a summary of 1850 to 1863/4 (which is quite a coincidence that the Lillywhite Companion started in 1849) and there are not a lot of words within it so apart from the preamble about the history of the 1864 there isn't too much to tell from what I have read to date (ill expand on the preamble of my 1864s life in a future weekend newsletter) but the fascinating facts you learn from Wisden are amazing. At the bottom of the calendar pages are the following (interesting!) facts:

Ill test you on them later, this along with the 4 ball over (I may get sick of reading the laws pages, especially as I umpire!) is the QI to date, hope this was an interesting little read, I am about 1/2 the way through the Wisden at the moment and Enjoying the Gentleman vs Players where Wisden & Lillywhite played together.

I have finished reading my 1864 - some fascinating stories within it and some absolute codswallop too! Parts are like reading a history book (I guess they needed some padding with the dates of the War of the Roses etc) but the things I notes were - 4 ball over - 2 intentional blank pages between the to the reader page - earliest stat was from 1787 (Thomas Lord scored 1 & 36) but amazingly the first ever full scorecard in Wisden is 0 all out, not one run! Amazing that you have to wait for the second innings to see a run scored in Wisden, the first and last 0 all out in Wisden? Another ironic (if that is the right word) twist is the first 100 stated, it is given to Mr Wisden so the first centurion in Wisden is Wisden. (July 5th 1850), the earliest recorded in the 1864 is for T.Beasley for the Players in 1821. The style of some of the matches were very random - 18 players in a team, 16 players, 4 stumps vs 3, unders 30s vs over 30s, over 60s only. I also noted that in 1854 Lillywhite & Wisden were int he same team. I wonder if they got on well? The best paragraph for me though was within the "The Two Elevens" section with Wisden stating that "With regard to these matches, we have abstained from making any remarks concerning the individual play of any man" - Oh how times have changed. Onto 1865.



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