Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1879 – 1879 Willows Paperback (Ref 10568)

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  • Wisden Year 1879
  • Condition Excellent 9.25/10
  • Front Hinge Excellent 9.25/10
  • Back Hinge Excellent 9.25/10
  • Cover Lettering Excellent 9.25/10
  • Spine Lettering Excellent 9.25/10
  • Spine Condition Excellent 9.25/10
  • Dust Wrapper N/A

A Lovely 1879 Willows Wisden. The sixteenth edition.

This edition has long since sold out and is now becoming a rare edition in its own right. Internally this reprint is in fine form. Exceptional!


Contents Include:
The Laws.
Largest Scores and Individual Innings in 1878.
MCC Matches.
North v South.
First Australian team tours England.
The England Twelve in Australia.
The Counties.
Unofficial County Champions: Middlesex.


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 have reprinted 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, 1879-1884 have been sold out.
1896-1899 Have been sold out
And a large number from 1900 through to 1919, as well as 1940-1945 have been sold out.
Hardback Willows from 1896 through to 1919 are mostly sold out.
Willows are becoming increasingly scarce.
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