University Rowing Matches
Below is an illustration of the results table page for the University Rowing Matches in the manuscript written in 1863. This is obviously the original source for the page in Wisden's Almanack first edition 1864 of the page containing the University Rowing Matches.
This manuscript upon examination provides a midpoint between the Rowing Almanacks of 1863 and 1864 and the first edition of Wisden's Almanack of 1864 that is difficult to dispute.
Proof of copying by Wisden however, (ie. beyond reasonable doubt) is shown by the last three race timings.
In Wisden 1864 the last three race timings are exactly the same as the last three race timings in the manuscript, and all three are are different to the race timings in the Rowing Almanack .s of 1863 and 1864 from which this table so bviously derives. The odds against Wisden making exactly the same race timing mistakes independently, are astronomical. These odds increase when the close connections between the two men become revealed
A more detailed explanation of this proof with supporting illustrations can be found by clicking the Content page. It appears in the section "First and Second Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt..."
The illustration to the left is the page from the 1st edition of Wisden 1864 showing the Universitry Rowing Matches. (Published with the permission of Neil Robinson Lords Library)
Both these illustrations have as their source the University Rowing Match page from Rowing Almanack of 1863 and 1864. An illustration of this page is to be found in Wisden/s Secret Part 2 "First and Second Proof"
The author of the manuscript above was a former rower with Magdalene College
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A unique, recently discovered etching
This image is a unique etching with drypoint and dated 1653 .The image here has been enlarged in order to see the true creative complexity of this etching further enlargement is necessary. Its actual size is 160mm by 130mm.
I have spent time without success attempting to find another example. I believe this etching to be unique. If anyone knows of another example, (not a reproduction), of this actual etching I would like to know because I am pretty sure there isn't one.
Below is a much enlarged image. Unfortunately modern technology is not able to reproduce even when enlarged everything that is recorded on the original etching. It is still not possible not to see the finest of fine detail. For example, the right hand corner of the old mans left eye is created using about 15 clearly defined lines with gaps between each.
At the moment it's the best I can offer.
and intense itching