Originally Posted by fredfertang
If they are in good condition thats not a bad price at all
As I said, I am delighted with the books because they are worth every cent. The condition is okay. As good as over hundred year old library copies can be expected to be.
Actually they were owned by someone till at least 1919 (from the signatures and dates from the original owner and then given to a library.
I am really thrilled at so many action photographs of so many players from the Golden Age and beyond but equally disappointed that such a treasure is unavailable to the public at large due to some 'silly' copyright stuff.
You dont reprint the stuff for over a hundred years, millions are denied even a glimpse of what these cricketers' strokes actually looked like and we talk of copyright. What copyright is infringed? Who is losing money? There is no money being made from these pictures anyway.
Cricket lovers need to see for them selves how WG, Ranji, Trumper, Spooner, Noble and Denton (amongst many others) bated. How similar (and trust me in some respects more elegant and graceful) they looked than their modern counterparts. I remember someone on this forum mentioning , on seeing Trumper's famous jumping out picture (or was it Pataudi Sr.) that this could not have been anything but posed. We;; they did bat like that, many of them and the jumping out to drive did have a kind of 'spring' about it - a panther like quality.