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Impressive collection of ‘The bible of cricket’ set to fetch £2,000 – 3,000 at auction

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A collection of Wisden Almanacks – otherwise known as ‘The bible of cricket’ – is set to get cricketing fans in a spin when it goes under the hammer at West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones on Friday, 27th November.

Selling as part of the online Specialist Collectors’ Sale, the earliest edition in the collection dates back to 1888, with the rest spanning the period 1895 – 2014 and only a few years missing. The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack was first published in 1864 as an annual reference book that was, in the 1930s, dubbed the “bible of cricket” by Alec Waugh in his review for the London Mercury. A mix of commentary, awards, records, coverage of English and overseas first class and international cricket, reviews of noteworthy news events from the preceding year and fixtures for the forthcoming year’s international and domestic season, it is popular among collectors. Cuttlestones’ book expert, Rosie Blackburn, says:

“The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack is a real institution and, as such, has amassed a community of serious collectors. This single, private collection offers a rare chance to procure an almost complete collection of almanacks dating back to 1888. We don’t have some of the truly rare editions but, as it is going to be split up into smaller lots, it should offer the chance for collectors to fill any gaps in their collections. We estimate the entire collection will sell for a combined figure of £2,000 – £3,000 and that there will be plenty of overseas interest via the internet as well as from UK-based bidders.”

Another highlight of the sale’s books section looks set to be a collection of approximately 350 Folio Society books. Beautifully bound and popular with collectors, the tomes will be split into individual lots, among which will be a 150th Anniversary edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam – Edward FitzGerald’s 1859 translation of poems from Persian to English and including a hand-printed etching with the artist’s (Niroot Puttapipat) signature. Limited edition number 94/1000, it is expected to achieve £300 – 500. Other highlights include a goatskin-leather bound facsimile limited edition (487/1000) of ‘Night Thoughts’ by Edward Young featuring watercolour illustrations by William Blake and estimated at £150 – £250. A ten-volume set of Charles Dickens, meanwhile – with two books unopened in their original shrink wrapping – is estimated at £80 – £120.

In addition to a strong book section, the sale also includes a vast collection of model railway items alongside entertainment memorabilia, 1970s toys and more.

The sale will take place online on Friday, 27th November with the full, illustrated catalogue available to view online at from Friday 20th November. Bidding is live online via or by commission or telephone.


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