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Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1906 – 1906 Willows Wisden Hardback (Ref 12299)

£140.00 £112.00

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  • Wisden Year 1906
  • Condition Super 9.25/10
  • Front Hinge Super 9.25/10
  • Back Hinge Super 9.25/10
  • Cover Lettering Super 9.25/10
  • Spine Lettering Super 9.25/10
  • Spine Condition Super 9.25/10
  • Dust Wrapper N/A

This is a SUPER Willows Hardback Wisden from 1906. The 43rd almanack.

Internally splendid as you would expect. .

This edition is numbered.

Contents Include:
The Late R.A.H. Marshall – An Appreciation by Lord Harris.
Thomas Hayward in First-class Cricket.
Hundreds in Test Matches in England.
Australia in England, 1905.
County Champions: Yorkshire.
Sheffield Shield: New South Wales.
MCC in America.
Lord Brackley’s Team in the West Indies.
Australia in New Zealand.

 

 

The Willows company was set up as an extension of a Wisden collecting hobby with the intention of gaining a full set of Wisdens and helping other collectors towards the same goal. By offering reprints of the almanack what was once a pipe dream – a full collection – became a realistic possibility for all.
Willows reprints were made for every Wisden from 1864 to 1946.
The facts about Willows:
1864-1878: A box set of the first fifteen was published. It didn’t sell very well, simply because of its high price.
1879-1946: Individual reprints were made mirroring the non-hardback Wisden for the year. These reprints were housed in ‘light tan’ hard boards and are referred to as Willows Paperbacks.
1896-1946: Individual reprints were made replicating the hardback Wisden for each year. Simply put, these are referred to as ‘Willows Hardbacks’.
Willows were only allowed to print, through a license with John Wisden & Co, a maximum of 1500 copies for each year. Now, this may be a bit confusing but hang on in there –
From 1879 up to and including 1895 1,500 copies of the light tan edition per year were allowed.
From 1896 to 1946 a maximum of 1,500 copies of all Willows formats were allowed.
As of September 2017, the 1879 and 1916 reprints have each totalled 1,000. So every single year from 1879 to 1946 still has room to print more. BUT and this is an important BUT, it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that any more will be published, owing to cost and the fact that for many of the years the original batches have not been sold out.
As far as I am aware, 1879-1889 have been sold out.
1896-1899 are difficult to find.
Hardback Willows from 1896 through to 1909 are increasingly difficult to find and becoming very expensive
And a large number from 1910 through to 1930, as well as 1940-1945 are also very difficult to find.

Willows are becoming increasingly scarce and very expensive. In some vases they are the same price as very good condition original paperbacks