1934 Wisden Hardback

£1,150.00

Thank you for looking at this Super condition 1934 Wisden Hardback. This edition is the seventy-first 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 Super condition, it could be the best 1934 hardback I have seen in a long time.

The boards are dynamic, with no rubbing or scuffing…the gilt is stunning to the front and the spine gilt is, for a ’34, rather lovely. 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 90-year-old edition, quite lovely.

When building a Wisden collection some particular years are simply a ‘must have’ and 1934 is one of them. This edition contains the full record, analysis and extensive comment on the MCC tour of Australia in 1932-1933, or the ‘Bodyline’ tour as it has become known.
Such was the ferocity of the English bowling that it led to condemnation in both countries and questions in Parliament.  The England quickies led by Larwood were instructed by the Captain, Douglas Jardine to bowl at the body of the Aussie batsman, thus restricting their infamous run-getting capability and the consternation from the cricket authorities, media and spectators created a tidal wave of venom against the tourists.

This almanack covers the tour and its repercussions. Larwood, acting under orders, was never to play for England again after refusing to apologise. Jardine was never asked to apologise and yet it was he who instigated the strategy.

 

Contents Include:
The Bowling Controversy.
The Late Jam Saheb of Nawanagar.
England v Australia in the Tests.

P.Holmes, Yorkshire 1913-1933.
West Indies in England.
Notes by the Editor.
Public Schools Cricket in 1933.

Umpires for 1934.
Portraits in Wisden.
Cricket Records.
Oxford and Cambridge Blues.
MCC in Australasia.
County Champions: Yorkshire
Sheffield Shield: New South Wales.

“I have no desire to be a hack bowler up the bush with Packer” (Rodney Hogg, Australian bowler, 1978)

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Ref: 20047

£1,150.00

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Wisden Year

1934

Overall Condition

Super 9/10

Front Board

Super 9/10

Spine Board

Super 9/10

Front Cover Gilt

Super 9/10

Spine Gilt

Lovely+ 8.75/10

Front Hinge

Super 9/10

Rear Hinge

Super 9/10

Page Block

Lovely 8.5/10

Pages Within

Super 9/10

Ref: 20047

£1,150.00

In stock