Lillywhite Guides , Lillywhite Companions, Lillywhite Annuals.
A lot of Wisden collectors also collect Lillywhite's , I have a few of them and here is our guide to Lillywhite's , any questions, please ask. firstname.lastname@example.org
A link to our spares are at the bottom of this page.
There are three series of Lillywhite's starting with the rarer guides then into the Companion and finally the more common Annual. They cover cricket from 1848 to 1900.
Guides (Fred’s Guide)
The second edition is identical to the first, apart from an Errata slip between pages 6 & 7. (Alternation of Law VII).
1850 has cloth covers.
1853, 6th Edition has blue wrappers and a pink sheet (William Lillywhites fairwell benefit) within, my pink sheet is very faded the wrappers fade too.
Only a handful of full sets are known, I own 21/24.
From the Christies Sale on 5th November 2014 the following facts were picked up:
1) Winter 1863 Guide, 17th Winter Edition , Smith 18, it is the 18th Edition but the 18th Edition is crossed out and 17th Printed above it. Smith did not deem this worthy of a new number. So it is 18B in the Hancock set.
2) Editions 9 & 13 have blue half slips within them.
3) Wood engraved plate of Lillywhite in editions 8,9,10,21.
4) 10th edition has blue advertising leaves.
Companions (Green Lilly)
Annuals (Red Lilly)
1872 has 3 editions, it states it on the title page. The first 2 have 174 pages, the third 181.
1873 has 2 editions one containing an errata slip.
1875 has 2 editions, one states America, the other Australia in the contents
1884-6 have 2 editions and West believes 1895 does too.
(*) Charles Alcock also edited John Lilywhite's Football Annual in 1868 which was called The Football Annual from 1869 to 1908 and look like the red lilly. Let me know if you own any of these! (Thanks Mike for checking my notes and Andy for the Alcock info).
We have a Lilly distribution list , please reply if you would like to be part of it. Or if you have any questions.
We have some Lillywhite's for sale, in fact more than anyone else on the internet, please see the link below to our store on the www.wisdenauction.com platform: