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A long, wet winter in Europe has thankfully moved into spring, and that
heralds the approach of summer! Queen's Club, Eastbourne and then Wimbledon
will be upon us, as the global tennis world flies in for four hectic weeks
of Lawn Tennis (yes
on grass and long may it last!). Please note
that my office is closed from 8 June to 10 July, but during Queen's, Eastbourne,
and the Christie's sale, I will be on
** Margaret Croft "Peggie" Scriven died in February, aged 88.
She was one of the last of the great British 1930's players, though not
one of the most well-known. Peggie's name should be honoured as not only
the first British woman to win the French singles title (1933), but also
the last British woman successfully to defend a Grand Slam title the following
year. For the record, the last British man successfully to defend a Grand
Slam was Fred Perry in 1936.
** I went to Dublin with the books in February for the KPMG Men's Senior
Tour. It was, a pleasant interlude, but not as busy as the Royal Albert
Hall event in December.
** The famous ivy on Wimbledon's Centre Court has been stripped away to
allow building repair and maintenance, but I hear that it may be allowed
to grow back. I do hope so.
** Lightning does strike twice! Great Britain has again drawn Ecuador
in the next round of the Davis Cup, this time away. We do not need to
be reminded about the last occasion.
** I hear Anna Kournikova and Martina Navratilova are both entered to
play at Eastbourne.
** Real Tennis players might enjoy their web-site www.real-tennis.com
** The 8th edition of the Wimbledon Library Catalogue is now available
from me at £10.
WORLD" IS BACK! On May 16, Umbrella Media, the new publishers
of Tennis World, will re-launch the title in a bigger and better format.
To quote the release: "The new-look, glossy Tennis World is all about
the game you love, and will bring news, views, and exclusive interviews.
Read about the big names in the world game and see what they have to say.
There's more, like invaluable information about the sport, fitness and
lifestyle written and presented by our experts to help your game and make
you feel better about life. It's what tennis fans have been waiting for!
Every month, Tennis World will give advice on nutrition, fitness and the
latest equipment, insights into the big stars as well as the best locker
room gossip." UK clients of The Tennis Bookshop will receive a complimentary
copy. From May 16, you can pick up a copy from WH Smith or Sainsbury's,
or subscribe through Umbrella Media's web-site www.tennis.net
or phone their subscription hotline 01778-391180.
DIARY DATES FOR 2001:
Here are some dates of forthcoming tennis events and sales:
The Stella Artois Men's Championships
.at The Queen's Club
15/16 June: Mullock Madeley Sports sale
Britannic Asset Management International (Ladies)
22 June: Christie's
South Kensington Tennis sale (flier enclosed)
25 June/08 July:
The Wimbledon Championships. I will again be working at Wimbledon
Honda Challenge ATP Senior Tour
at the Royal Albert Hall,
ANNUALS SPECIAL OFFER! While stocks last, I can offer 9 years of the
annual at only £10 per copy, mint in original dustwrappers. And
I can offer copies of all the rarer editions at reduced prices, as I now
control the remainder stock. UK postage is £4 for one; £5
for two; £6 for three etc. Please ask for overseas rates.
01: 1986, 1987,
1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999
each at £10
02: 1983 @ £195; 1984 @ £65; 1985 @ £100; 1990
@ £30; 1991 @ £50; 1993 @ £95; 1994 @ £60; 1997
@ £60; 2000 @ £25. The 2000 edition is already sold out from
03: "LAWN TENNIS,
BADMINTON, CROQUET, TROCO, RACQUETS, FIVES, NURR AND SPELL, BOWLING, HURLING,
etc., etc." by
Captain Rawdon Crawley; 1st edition 1879; 101 pp. Other than the many
editions of rules booklets, I can only see that "Lawn Tennis"
by Jasper Smythe (1878) comes before this title in the lawn tennis bibliography.
Originally published in paper covers, this copy is rebound into modern
blue and gilt boards, the paper covers being absent. Internally it is
in very good condition. It may well be the first contemporary history
of the new game, saying inter alia that "Lawn Tennis began to attract
attention in the spring of 1873." I had not previously known that,
but as it was written in 1879, it may be true. He also refers to Captain
(not Major) Wingfield as the inventor. Diagrams show the court both as
rectangular and hour-glass. The book deals with the other named title
sports as to history, technique, and rules. Before the title page is a
delightful engraving of a doubles tennis match. This exceptionally early
and important tennis title is offered at £2000
SIX SPECIAL OFFERS:
I can offer 10 copies of the following modern titles each at £15.
They are all 1st editions, hardbacks in dustwrappers and in near mint
04: "Courts of Babylon (The): Tales
of Greed and Glory in the Harsh New World of Professional Tennis"
by Peter Bodo; USA 1995; 480 pp. The title says it all, I think! £15
05: "Ladies of the Court: Grace and
Disgrace on the Women's Tennis Tour" by Mike Mewshaw;
USA 1993; 327 pp. Mike follows the tour and asks some difficult questions.
06: "Love Match Nelson vs Navratilova"
by Sandra Faulkner; USA 1993; 215 pp. Here is the background and detail
of their marriage, separation and divorce. £15
07: "Monica From Fear to Victory"
with Nancy Ann Richardson; USA 1996; 240 pp. The best Seles biog so far,
featuring the Hamburg affair and her struggle to regain the top. £15
08: "Open Tennis: 25 Years of Seriously
Defiant Success on and off the Court" by Richard Evans;
UK 1993; 264 pp. Celebrating the birth and growth of the Open Game. £15
09: "Wingfield Edwardian Gentleman"
by George Alexander; USA 1986; 313 pp. The story of the opportunist
Wingfield who is now accepted as the inventor of Lawn Tennis. £15
THREE VERY RARE
DUSTWRAPPERS: I continue with my emphasis on the acquisition of early
tennis titles in their original dustwrappers. Here are three more exceptional
10: "Lawn Tennis The World Game of To-Day"
by F.R. Burrow; 1st UK edition; 1922; 211 pp. The former Wimbledon
referee wrote this wide-ranging, large format account of tennis, mostly
as to coaching and technique. The dustwrapper is in amazingly good condition.
11: "My Story" by Fred Perry;
1st UK edition 1934; 317 pp. Always one of my top tennis titles, Fred
wrote this while his offhand treatment by the AELTC was fresh in his mind,
and when he was a national hero after the Davis Cup matches with France.
The book is very rare, even without the dustwrapper; this is the first
time I have seen the dustwrapper. £950
12: "Perry on Tennis" by
Fred Perry; 1st USA edition 1937; 155 pp. This is a further autobiographical
history after 11 above. He has now finished his amateur career and tells
you how to improve your own tennis performance by following his techniques.
Once, when he visited my shop at Eastbourne, he said he had never seen
the book in a wrapper. £110
SHUTTLECOCK MINISTRY"; an engraving (or possibly a lithograph)
published August 7th 1840 by McLean of 26 Haymarket, London. Image measuring
36 cm x 28 cm, this is a cartoon showing two politicians whom I should
be able to identify, but have failed. Each holds a racket and they are
batting a shuttlecock between each other, the one saying: "I'll keep
it up as long as I can, and am not at all tired, indeed the harder I hit,
the stronger I fancy I become." and the other saying: "I'll
keep it up a little longer, but I begin to feel it a tiresome work."
This unusual racket sports picture is offered at (+VAT for UK clients)
A LIST OF ODDMENTS: Here is a cosmopolitan selection of titles
for many tastes.
14: "ATP Player Guide 2000";
15: "WTA Player Guide 2000". Each £10; the two for £15
16: "ATP Player
Guide 2001"; 17: "WTA Player Guide 2001". Each
£20; the two for £35
18: "Australian Open 2001";
19: "U.S. Open 2000"; magazine/final drawsheet. Each £15
20: "Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanacks 1937 &
1938". Two very good copies, each at £75
21: "BP Year Book of Tennis"
by Barrett and West; 1969. The rare 1st edition in a dw. £75
22: "Cooper's Annual of Lawn Tennis 1960".
Only 2000 copies were printed; p/back £25
23: "Dawson's International Lawn Tennis
Almanac 1960"; 416 pp in
pb (worn) £25
24: "Dunlop Lawn Tennis Almanacks"
1939 at £60; 1947, 1948, 1949 each at £30
25: "India Davis Cup 1921-1995"
by P Datta. History of the Indian Davis Cup team. £25
26: "New York Racquet & Tennis Club
1936". Club handbook and membership list. £30
27: "Pelote Basque (La)";
French edition 1974; pb. Amazingly fast Basque ball game. £25
28: "Proudly She Serves"
by Helen Hull Jacobs; 1st edition 1953. This is my first copy of this
US Navy/Tennis novel, loosely based on her own life. It is ex-lib but
still a rare title. £40
29: "Wimbledon Who's Who and Tennis Celebrities";
1934 pb. Great player biogs. £40
30: "Women's Tennis Tour Calendar 2001";
12 WTA beauties to adorn your walls! £10
31: "World of Tennis Annuals"
by J. Barrett; 2001 at £13; those in 32 below each at £15
32: "1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980,
1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998"
THE FRED PERRY LIST:
I recently wrote about a range of original and unique items from the Perry
family. The books are all sold, but I can still offer these five decorative
33: "A glass wall plaque"
(17cm x 22cm) inscribed: "Living Legend. Presented to Fred Perry
a Living Legend at the Living Legend Golf and Tennis Invitational April
10, 1992 Fort Lauderdale Philharmonic Society". Set on the glass
surface are a circular gilt shield, ornately decorated, and a rectangular
gilt plate with the inscription in black text. £250
34: "A wood wall plaque"
(23cm x 30cm) inscribed: "To Fred Perry in appreciation of
your ongoing support and your love of the Israel Tennis Center Children,
Oct 1991". Set on the wood surface is a black metal plate bearing
the inscription, with a raised gold boss decorated with a racket and ball,
the metal plate bordered with gilt decoration. £250
35: "A wood wall plaque"
(25cm x 20cm) inscribed: "Honorary Membership in Palm Beach County
Senior Tennis League is hereby awarded to Fred Perry 1988". Set on
the wood surface is a black metal plate bearing the inscription in inset
silver script, four gilt screws at each corner, the metal plate bordered
with gilt decoration. £250
36: "A wood wall plaque"
(15cm x 21cm) inscribed: "New Zealand Special Olympics; Presented
to Mr & Mrs Fred Perry Sincere Thanks for your Support 1991-1992".
This is in the shape of a shield, upon which is mounted a smaller shield,
raised up from the surface with the New Zealand emblem and flag. The inscription
is on a small metal plate. £200
37: "A Radio 5 printed dedication"
(23cm x 51cm): "Radio 5 Eighty-three year old British tennis
player favourite for Wimbledon. Fred Perry on Wimbledon. BBC Radio Medium
Wave/AM 909 or 693". This is a tall cartoon type of item, showing
Fred on court with the inscription below. The whole piece is mounted,
framed and glazed. £150
BELLAMY, TENNIS CORRESPONDENT WITH "THE TIMES" FOR 30 YEARS:
Rex and I recently had a very convivial dinner together. Admirers
of his writing will be pleased to know he is very well. I can offer signed
copies of two of his tennis books. (1st in dustwrappers).
38: "Game, Set and Deadline",
1986. Rex describes some of his "greatest" matches. £15
39: "The Tennis Set", 1972.
Rex is on the tour following the Grand Slams. £15
IN CAMBRIDGE: the first six hundred years" by Roger Morgan; to
be published in May 2001 in a special bound edition of 50 numbered copies,
and a standard edition of 500 copies. Published to celebrate the restoration
of the second tennis court, this book will record the history of Cambridge
Tennis from the 15th century to the present day. To order, contact Peter
Raby, 71 Commercial End, Swafham Bulbeck, Cambridge CB5 0ND, England;
tel/FAX 01223-811264. Overseas mailing rates may apply.
REAL TENNIS BOOKS
LIST: The long list of titles in Newsletter 43 produced a substantial
demand, which I was not able to satisfy fully. Since then, I have also
traded a de Garsault of 1767 and a Scaino of 1555. I can still offer,
competitively, one or two of the following titles:
Bat and Bishop: The Origin of Ball Games"
by R. W. Henderson; 1st USA edition 1947; 220 pp; in decorated
dw. Baseball, Tennis, Lawn Tennis, & Racquets are here. £220
41: "History of Tennis (A) "
by Noel and Clark; 2 large volumes 1924. Only 430 sets exist of this
magnificent and very important Real Tennis work. It is excellent value
here at £685
42: "History of Tennis (A)"
by Noel and Clark; as xx above. This set is in very good condition without
any colour fade; presented in the exceptionally rare decorative dustwrappers.
43: "History of the Royal Game of Tennis (A)"
by de Luze 1933; English translation 1979 by Hamilton. In mint
condition in dustwrapper & slip-case; 500 numbered copies only. £250
44: "Pierre's Book The Game of Court Tennis"
by Pierre Etchebaster; 1st USA edition 1971; HB in DW. Pierre's technique
and advice on the game. Beautifully inscribed and signed. £275
45: "Racquet Game (The)" by
Allison Danzig; 1st USA edition 1930; no dw. Expert study of Court Tennis
and Squash as played in North America in the early 20th century. £145
46: "Tennis A Cultural History"
by Heiner Gillmeister; 1st English large pb edition of 1998; 452 pp. An
exhaustive examination of Tennis ball-play in Europe in the last 800 years.
47: "Willis Faber Book of Tennis & Rackets"
by Lord Aberdare; 1st edition 1980. This large book has been the major
title on the subjects since items 41/42 above. £145
TWO UNUSUAL FRENCH
BOOKS WITH REAL TENNIS INTEREST:
Historique sur la Salle du Jeu-de-Paume de Versailles" by
Charles Vatel; 1st French PB edition 1883; 103 pp. This is a history of
the "Serment du Jeu-de-Paume" of the 20th June 1789 when the
French deputies met on the floor of the Versailles tennis court. With
a description of the proceedings is a list of the names of the deputies
49: "Les Sports et Jeux d'Exercice dans l'Ancienne
France" by J.J. Jusserand; 3rd French edition of 1901;
474 pp. This is a comprehensive review of most types of sporting activity
as practised in France from the earliest times, including combat at arms,
jousting, and hunting. Types of ball play are La Paume, La Soule, La Crosse
and other derivatives of these three. Each is subjected to historical
study in life and literature in France and in England. The vast majority
of the pages in this large paperback is still uncut. £250
(born 28 Sep 1913; died 13 Dec 1990). Alice won the Wimbledon Singles
in 1939, winning all three main events that year, a feat she shared with
the controversial Bobby Riggs. She was US singles champion in 1936 and
1938/40, and was very active in war work through the 1940's, which is
described in item 51 below. Famous for her hard hitting style, I have
read with amusement that under the cap she always wore on court, was a
cabbage leaf, which she had been told prevented sunstroke. Can anyone
the Game"; Stories of Alice Marble and Althea Gibson;
1997 pb. £15
51: "Courting Danger"; USA
1991; by Dale Leatherman. Her life, film and war work. £22
52: "The Road to Wimbledon";
1st UK edition in dw; 1947; her autobiography. £25
53: "The Road to Wimbledon";
1st USA edition 1946; no dw. Nicely signed by Alice. £125
BARGAIN BOOK CORNER
is a wide-ranging and totally random selection of tennis titles. All are
in good condition in dustwrappers unless marked PB (paperback). I have
been agreeably surprised how well this new feature has done in the last
newsletters. Special terms below for multiple orders.
Each title: £10; any 2 for £15; any 3 for £20; any
4 for £25; any 5 for £30
"Big Bill Tilden" by Deford
1976; 55: "Cross Court" by Jenkins 1986;
"Evonne" by Collins 1975;
"Flannelled Fool and Muddied Oaf"
by West 1986;
"Lloyd on Lloyd"
by Thatcher 1985;
"Rosewall Twenty Years at the Top"
by Rowley 1976;
"Sampras a Legend in the Works"
by Branham 1996;
"Stop Talking and Give the Score"
by Robertson 1987;
"Tennis Down Under" by Stolle
(signed) 1985 PB;
"Tennis My 26 Years" by Holloway
by Kramer 1981.
by Hopman 1972;
"Don't Count Yourself Out"
by Connors 1992;
"Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary Player"
by Ramo 1971;
"Game of Doubles in Tennis"
"Inner Game of Tennis" by
"Lawn Tennis Courtcraft"
by Patterson 1964;
"Lawn Tennis for Schools"
by Hankinson 1951;
"Lawn Tennis the Australian Way"
by Pollard 1964;
"Love and Hate on the Tennis Court"
by Cath et al 1977;
"Mixed Doubles Tennis" by Graebner1973;
"Modern Lawn Tennis" by
"Olliff on Tennis" by Olliff 1948;
by Perry 1934 Pic Bds;
"Tackle Lawn Tennis This Way"
by Buxton 1958;
"Tactics in Women's Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles"
by Lardner 1975;
"Tennis Styles and Stylists"
by Metzler 1970;
"Tiger Tennis in One Season"
by Murray 1961;
by Goffi/McEnroe 1985;
by Kramer 1949.
the Scenes at Wimbledon"
by Smyth 1965;
by Scott 2000;
by Scott 1999;
"Famous Women Tennis Players" by Frayne 1979;
"Game, Set, and Match" by
Women Tennis Players" by
Book of Tennis Facts & Feats" by Tingay 1983;
Encyclopedia of World Tennis" by
Tennis" by Cutler 1954;
Tennis" by Evans 1993;
Wimbledon on Camera" by Cole
of Gray" by Tingay 1988;
and Tennis in the Twenties" by Voss 1985 no dw issued;
"Wimbledon Centre Court of the Game"
by Robertson 1987.
Point" by Burnham 1982;
"Breakpoint" by Brinkley 1978;
Davis Cup Conspiracy" by Bickham 1994;
Fault" by Bickham 1993;
Finalists" by Braddon 1977;
Slam" by Lambert 1971;
Total Zone" by Navratilova
2000" by Johnstone 1992.
SOME MORE SIGNED
TENNIS TITLES: These are first editions in dustwrappers.
Mixed Double" by H.W. Austin;
1969. Inscribed and signed "Bunny & Phyll" £85
109: "The Net" by Ilie Nastase;
1987. A rather raunchy tennis tale. Signed "I. Nastase". £35
110: "Streamline Tennis" by
Mary K. Browne; 1940. Beautiful inscription signed. £125
111: "Sudden Death" by Rita
Mae Brown; 1983; tennis novel; signed "Rita Mae" £35
112: "Tennis by Simple Exercises" by
Suzanne Lenglen and Margaret Morris; 1937. Morris was an acclaimed gymnast.
Beautifully inscribed and signed by Margaret Morris. The book has many
posed photos of Suzanne demonstrating the shots, and diagrams. £95
BILL TILDEN AND HIS FICTION: Tilden was a prolific writer of coaching
titles and tennis fiction. Usually his novels were about the ageing tennis
star, entering the club doubles with a fresh faced teenage boy, who steers
the old champ through trials and tribulations on and off the court, and
late in the 5th set, they come through to inevitable victory! They are
quite naïve in style, but have acquired a modest collectability,
as long as you don't take them too seriously. In the 1920's, they were
publicly vilified. No dw's. Items 117 & 118 are special.
Net"; 1st USA edition 1930; 296 pp. This story includes
many well-known players, as well as a central character amazingly named
"Miss Fanny Pratt"! (Honestly) £45
114: "Phantom Drive (The) and Other Stories
of Lawn Tennis"; 1st USA edition 1924; 235 pp. Probably
the hardest to find of all his fiction, this is several tennis action
115: "It's All In the Game Tennis Tales";
1st UK edition 1922; 245 pp. The first of his groups of tennis stories,
setting the trend for his literary interest in playing tennis with young
boys. It seems quite harmless but in the 1920's, would certainly have
been risky. £50
116: "It's All in the Game and Other Tennis
Tales"; 1st USA edition 1922; 245 pp. £110
I am adding to this
short list of Tildenana (!) two of his earliest and rarest tennis titles:
Kid A Tennis Lesson"; USA pb edition 1921. This was the
forerunner of his later title "Lawn Tennis for Young Players".
This is only the second copy I have ever seen. £225
118: "Me The Handicap";
1st edition 1929. His first autobiog in the rare dustwrapper. £200
THE LONSDALE LIBRARY:
This is a series of some 25 sporting volumes published in the early 1930's,
edited by the Earl of Lonsdale. I can offer the two racket sports volumes
in the special presentation de luxe format. They are in green card boards,
with green leather spine, gilt engraved and bookmark, internally blue marbled.
Each book covers the sports thoroughly, from history, development, rules,
technique, tactics, great matches and personalities. Both are profusely
illustrated with photos of the great names of the day, and the books are
written by top authorities and players. 119: They are offered as a pair
120: "Lawn Tennis Its Principles & Practice"
by A. Wallis Myers; 1930; 215 pp. £135
121: "Rackets, Squash Rackets, Tennis, Fives
& Badminton" by Aberdare, Baerlein, Tomkinson, Snell,
Moss, Egerton, Armitage, and Thomas; 1933; 328 pp. £135
TENNIS IN AUSTRALASIA" by Austral (R.D. Kitson); 1st edition
1912; 344 pp in hard boards, in very good condition. This is the foundation
book of lawn tennis history in Australia and New Zealand. It is profusely
illustrated with action photos of the great stars of the period, and contains
many records of championships in Australia and New Zealand, Davis Cup
ties, and playing techniques of the greats. It is extremely rare in any
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