Wisden History

Wisden 1864-1879

Interestingly, the early editions of Wisden contained much non-Wisden information. The 1864 had a list of the Derby winners from 1780 plus the length and the years of opening for a large number….

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1864 - 1879 Article

The Wisdener (the newsletter of the Wisden Collectors’ Club) thought it might be of interest to members to put together an outline of Wisden content and information. We are very grateful to John Pratt, who emigrated to Australia as a £10 Pom back in 1963, but who shouts louder than most at the fall of an Aussie wicket, for the following article. This article first appeared in The Wisdener, Issue 13, Winter 2015..…thank you John.

Part 1: 1864-1879

This synopsis is predicated on the assumption that of you bought a Wisden, no matter what year, you must have affection for cricket, and that if you did not buy it; your first Wisden was given to you by somebody who had the foresight and wisdom to understand you have a passion for the game……

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Wisden 1880-1899

In 1883 the first advertisement after the internal title page appeared, a placement for Thurston’s Billiard tables and in 1889…

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Wisdens 1880 - 1899 Article

1880 – 1899

John Pratt continues his look at Wisden through the decades. This chapter covers 1880 to 1899. In many ways it is this era that shaped the format of the almanack for the twentieth century. This article appeared over two editions of The Wisdener, issues 14 and 15.

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Wisden 1900-1919

It is believed that some 1901 paperbacks were printed with the incorrect year on the Spine and a strip were pasted on containing the correct yea

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Wisden 1920-1937

Wisden thrived in the 1920s, as the game grew, so did the size of Wisden at fewer than 500 pages at the start of the decade to nearly 700 towards the end…

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Wisden 1938-1939

In 1938 a new publisher was brought in to try and halt the falling sales, J Whitaker & Sons Ltd. They quickly made some striking changes…

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Wisden 1940-1945

In 1941 the number was added at the bottom of the front cover and this style on the front board has remained the same since (from 1965 this information is on the front board below the yellow dust wrapper)…

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Wisden 1946-1949

The 1946 hardback was also produced in two different cloths; rough light reddy brown
and the usual smooth Wisden brown…

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Wisden 1950-1964

The 1950 hardback edition also comes in two different cloths, as per the 1946. At different times throughout the 1950s Wisden tinkered with the methods used to put the almanack together…

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Wisden 1965-1981

The printing of the main contents on the front cover since the first edition had been a feature of the paperback edition and in 1965 the yellow dust wrapper…

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Wisden 1982-Present Day

The 1982, 1983 and 1984 Hardback dust jackets are white with yellow and black print upon the front and white inside. Other dust jackets are yellow with black writing upon them…

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Leather-Bound

In 1995, Wisden produced a limited edition (100) of beautiful Leather-Bound Editions, each individually numbered and housed in a presentation slip case. Each edition was…

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