1929 Wisden Hardback

£1,100.00

Thank you for looking at this SUPER condition 1929 Wisden Hardback edition. The sixty sixth almanack.

Around 11 years ago I was fortunate to acquire a full set of Wisdens that came from the Rait Kerr family.  Rowan Scrope Rait Kerr was the secretary of the M.C.C. from 1936 until 1952 and upon his death in 1961 he bequeathed his full Wisden collection to his daughter, Diana Rait Kerr, who continued the collection until her death in 2012, she had also started a collection so a lot of years were duplicated. Diana was the first ‘unofficial’ MCC curator based at Lords and in later life she was one of the first ten females to be given MCC membership: she wrote extensively on cricket including a number of excellent books, two of which were written with Ian Peebles.

A number of the Wisdens from that collection have now come back into my possession and this particular one is in EXCEPTIONAL condition, it could be the best 1929 hardback I have seen for a long time.

The boards are dynamic, with no rubbing or scuffing…the gilt is stunning to both the front and the spine. The boards still have a spring in them when opened. Internally the front and rear hinges are also excellent and the paste down pages are strong and vibrant.

The contents are stunning, the photo-plate also excellent.

The page block is, for a 95-year-old edition, quite lovely.

Between 1927 and 1932 Wisden Hardbacks, for want of a better description, had issues. It is believed that the company almost went out of business on three separate occasions in this period and there was a constant theme of workforce reduction and production cut backs. Between 1926 and 1932 the overall workforce fell by 80%. The economic backdrop of The Great Depression was a permanent feature, another factor was the loss of overseas markets – especially Australia and New Zealand – for the wide range of sporting equipment sold by the Wisden company. Companies in those countries had grown since the end of World War One and overtaken Wisden as the main equipment suppliers.

What has this got to do with the almanack? Well, economic pressures meant cut backs in production values and one of the main areas that the almanack saved costs throughout this period was in the production of the hardback (cloth) edition. The cloth used was inferior and thinner than in previous years and as a result, over time, it thinned and was easily torn or scuffed. The print run was reduced and press copies were kept to a minimum. The policy of distributing ‘complimentary copies’ to overseas cricket boards was suspended (and not resumed until 1934).

Therefore nearly all 1927 to 1932 hardback editions develop spine creasing or fold lines occur as the cloth is so thin, any that do not are to be snapped up as they are rare.

Contents Include:
My Years at Cambridge by G. H. Longman.
Laws of Cricket.
Portraits in Wisden.
Notes by the Editor.
Five Cricketers of The Year.
West Indies Team in England.
County Champions: Lancashire.
Sheffield Shield: Victoria.
MCC in South Africa.
Cricket in the Channel Islands.
The Australians in New Zealand.

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Ref: 20073

£1,100.00

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Wisden Year

1929

Overall Condition

Super 9/10

Front Board

Super 9/10

Spine Board

Super 9/10

Front Cover Gilt

Super 9/10

Spine Gilt

Super 9/10

Front Hinge

Super 9/10

Rear Hinge

Super 9/10

Page Block

Super 9/10

Pages Within

Super 9/10

Ref: 20073

£1,100.00

Out of stock