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Howzat for a Book Collection!

    A collection of Wisden’s Cricketers Almanacks, valued at £7,000-10,000, will be going under the Charterhouse hammer in their two day 18th & 19th October auction of books, sporting items, pictures and specialist selection of Beswick and Royal Doulton.

    “Although a fan of cricket it was not my best sport at school.” Commented Charterhouse Sporting Specialist George Holtby. “We regularly see and sell post war Wisden’s but it is rare to see such a fantastic run of them dating from the early 1870’s through to just a couple of years ago.”

    Wisden’s Cricketers Almanacks, more commonly known just as Wisden’s, is the longest running sport annual in history with the first copy coming out in 1864. It has detailed coverage including scorecards of every First class game played the previous English summer, summaries of minor counties, second eleven, university, school and premier club cricket as well as the Village Cup.

    The Wisden’s being sold by Charterhouse have been collected over many years and are mostly bound to match. Having been purchased individually over the decades the auctioneers have taken the decision to split the volumes into numerous lots. This will enable collectors to fill gaps in their years and with estimates from £50 up to £100’s for each lot there is plenty of choice for cricketing fans to add Wisden’s to their collection.

    Charterhouse are now accepting further entries into this huge two day October auction which has specialist sections of sporting items with hunting, shooting and fishing, pictures, books and Beswick.

    Please contact George Holtby and the team of other specialists at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email

    Charterhouse are also accepting entries for their auction of classic & vintage cars on Sunday 4th November, contact Matthew Whitney for details.
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    George Holtby, Charterhouse Sporting Specialist, with some of the late 19th century Wisden’s going under the hammer, with the collection estimated to sell for £7,000-10,000
    Single volume of Wisdens’ Cricketers’ Almanack, 1872 £500-1,000