1945 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

The history of cricket spans more than 400 years. Developed in England, the game spread throughout her colonies and the rest of the world in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 1844, the concept of international cricket was born when teams from the USA and Canada played the first international game. A few years later, English teams toured North America and Australia and by 1877 Test play between England and Australia began. South Africa became the third test nation in 1899 and now there are 10 Test nations.

From the memoirs and instructional manuals written by the sport’s legends to the mighty Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, cricket lovers have a variety of directions in which they can go with their book collections.

The 10 most expensive cricketing books ever sold on AbeBooks:


The Constitution and By-Laws of the Philadelphia Cricket Club by the Philadelphia Cricket Club – $1500
Among the earliest American imprints pertaining to organized team athletics published by an identified team or club, published in 1858, this tome contains the list of officers as well as the constitution and laws of the club.


Felix at the Bat by Nicholas ‘Felix’ Wanostrocht - $1470
A cricket instruction book written by the famous left-handed batsman, the first edition from 1845 is of one of the most collectable and renowned books on the game.


Wisden’s Cricketers Almanack 1939 - $1280
Founded in 1864, this was Wisden’s 76th edition. It covers the 1938 Ashes which ended in a draw but was a batting contest for the ages. Don Bradman, Bill Brown, Denis Compton, Wally Hammond, and Len Hutton wielded the willow.


The Noble Game of Cricket by Sir Jeremiah Colman - $1088
Illustrated and described from pictures, drawings and prints in the collection of Sir Jeremiah Colman, Bt., at Gatton Park, Surrey, this is one of the most difficult cricket titles to track down. Only 150 copies, printed in 1941.


Wisden’s Cricketers Almanack 1891 by John Wisden - $689
The 28th edition, it covers the 1890 season when WG Grace led the English team to the Ashes.


Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1945 - $660
The 82nd edition, in 1944 two one-day matches were staged at Lord’s with England playing West Indies and Australia – the English won both.


The Cricket-Bat and How to use it by "An Old Cricketer" - $550
Another treatise on the mechanics of cricket by Nicholas ‘Felix’ Wanostrocht


Lord's 1787-1945 by Sir Pelham ‘Plum’ Warner - $523
An excellent in-depth history of the birth and development of the most famous cricket ground in the world. Limited edition of 160 numbered copies, signed by the author.


Wisden's Cricketers Almanack 1940 - $518
The 77th edition. In the last season before World War II, England played three Tests against a West Indies team that included George Headley and Learie Constantine. This was also the only season which English cricket adopted the eight-ball over. Limited to 8,000 copies.


Between The Wickets by Jack Hobbs - $490
What made this copy so desirable was the original letter written by Jack Hobbs on Surrey County Cricket Club notepaper that came with the book plus an additional photograph postcard of Hobbs together with Fitz Pacher who is the cricketer he wrote to. Dated June 8th 1929, it reads 'Dear Mr Fitz Pacher, Herewith the signatures as requested. I hope I have sent enough! Glad to hear you were given a shot with Kent. Trust you will be playing again shortly and that you will then make a very good score. All Good Wishes, Yours Very Truly Jack Hobbs.' First Edition