HISTORIES; REAL TENNIS & PELOTA; E.C. POTTER; NOVELS; BARGAIN BOOKS
here for previous newsletters.
The summer exhibitions and Wimbledon are approaching all too fast! I am
away from 8th June to 8th July, so no post, e-mails, or messages will
be processed. My business phone takes messages. But, from 8th to 22nd
June, I am on my mobile: 07860-395798
With so many 1000's of routine, uninteresting tennis titles offered around
the world, I take great pleasure in offering this list of high quality,
collectable titles, most in very good condition.
..WIMBLEDON: Here are the dates for your
10/16 June: Stella
Artois Men's Championships at The Queen's Club in London
16/22 June: Britannic Asset Management Ladies' Championships
24 June/7 July: The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis
*** I hear the LTA has formulated exciting new plans for increasing the
amount of play on the outside courts during the week at Eastbourne. This
is very good news, so well done the LTA!
*** For the exhibitions, I have accumulated a large selection of tennis
collectables, including lapel pins & badges from £5, small selections
of tennis ties, player posters, signed slips and photos, china plates,
jewellery, watches with a tennis theme, prints and engravings, Real Tennis
rackets, and finally an enormous range of programmes at only £3
"Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Croquet, Troco, Racquets,
Fives, Nurr and Spell, Bowling, Hurling, etc., etc.,";
by Captain Rawdon Crawley; 2nd edition of 1882; 96 pp in hardboards, small
format. Externally the front board has a delightful Victorian mixed doubles
scene. If the Wimbledon Library catalogue was able to list a copy of this
book, it would appear at the top of only the 2nd page (out of 56 pages)
of the Great Britain chronological entry. This book is the 2nd or the
3rd coaching manual on Lawn Tennis to be published. The section contains
an early history, a description of the rackets etc, how to set out the
ground, the first rules generally accepted, and advice and instruction
on how to play. There are 5 engravings: 1) the curved rackets, 2) a rectangular
court, 3) an hour-glass court, 4) a mixed doubles on an hour-glass court
with a serving diamond, and 5) a mixed doubles on an hour-glass court
with a serving diamond and extensive wing-nets. Views of Lawn Tennis with
the serving diamond, hour-glass court, and wing-nets are as rare as hen's
teeth. The book also covers other typically Victorian games mostly illustrated;
Pallone is one of these. This is the first time I have seen this little
book, which is in very good condition, but lacks a free end paper. It
is offered at around £2950
OF NATIONAL LAWN TENNIS ASSOCIATIONS: Recently, I offered a short
range of books detailing the histories of several national tennis governing
bodies. As often, I was unable to satisfy demand, but have now built up
my stock again, as follows:
02: "60 Anos de Harmonia: A historia do
tenis no Brasil"; 1990; 100 pp in large format DW. The
history of tennis in Brazil, with Maria Bueno apparently air-brushed out
of the story. £110
03: "Svensk Tennis: Historiskt samlongsverk
utgivet under samverkan med Svenska Lawntennisforbundet"
by several authors; 1st folio edition of 1938; 431 pp in PB. This huge
book is a copiously illustrated and detailed history of tennis in Sweden.
Dedicated to the legendary King Gustav, just about every club and court
is photographed and described. £350
04: "Tennis: The South African Story"
edited by Russell Eldridge; 1978; 173 pp in large 4to in pictorial boards.
Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the South African Tennis
Union, there is a general history of tennis in SA, and each of the provinces
is dealt with by local authors. Well illustrated by photographs, but a
slightly confusing pagination order! £75
A SCRAP-BOOK FROM c1920: This old scrap-book consists of around 100
foolscap leaves, tightly packed with press cuttings about a huge range
of mostly local UK and some international tennis events. Many of the cuttings
came from The Telegraph, as A. Wallis Myers is often the correspondent.
There are several articles on Suzanne Lenglen, with Bill Tilden, Mrs Dorothea
Lambert Chambers and Elizabeth Ryan also getting good coverage. £200
WIMBLEDON CENTENARY CAITHNESS GLASS GOBLET, 16cm tall in its original
plush presentation case; heavily engraved "Wimbledon 1877-1977"
with the Centre Court. £225
"Budge on Tennis" by J. Donald Budge; 1st USA edition
of 1939; 180 pp in DW. This is the top-selling, heavily illustrated biographical/coaching
book written by this great USA player as he turned professional. It is
accompanied by a nicely autographed envelope. £200
TENNIS AND RACKETS BOOKS AND ENGRAVINGS:
08: "The Annals of Tennis"
by Julian Marshall; 1st edition of 1878 in green boards. This is the most
authoritative 19th century English language book on Real Tennis. Written
just as Lawn Tennis was starting, all subsequent Tennis titles refer to
it with awe and worship. In very nice condition, this copy is offered
a bit below the market value (£2500) for a quick sale at £1850
09: "Ball, Bat and Bishop The Origin of
Ball Games" by Robert Henderson; 1st edition (1947) republished
in 1974; 220 pages no DW. Games discussed include polo, tennis, golf,
football, racquets, billiards, lawn tennis, cricket, and of course baseball.
It is illustrated with engravings and photographs. This copy is inscribed
and dedicated by the author to George Mars. £125
10: "Eedverbindnis in de Kaatsbaan, te Versailles,
op den zoften van Zommermaand 1789". A Dutch view of "Le
Serment du Jeu de Paume". As their Parliament had been closed to
them, the French Deputies met instead in the Tennis court at Versailles
at 10.30 in the morning of 20th June, where they swore their unanimous
oath. This black and white engraving shows the court interior crowded
with the excited deputies. Image measures 20cm x 17cm. £250
11: "Hazard Chase" by Jeremy
Potter; reprint of 1989; 192 pp in DW. Murder and mayhem invade the usually
very ordered world of Real Tennis, with plenty of hazards and chases!
12: "J.T. Faber Book of Tennis and Rackets"
by Lord Aberdare. Featured in the last Newsletter, this book has
sold well, understandably. Every club in the world has a major entry.
I recommend this stunning book to all players and students of these two
12 (a): The standard edition in hardboards and dustwrapper is available
12 (b): The de luxe edition of 150 numbered copies in leather boards
is now available at £350
13: "The Leamington Tennis Court Club 1846-1996"
by Charles Wade; 1st standard edition (550 copies) of 1996; 213 pp
in DW. This is the story of one of the most interesting gentlemen's sporting
clubs in the UK. The author formulated the current handicap system used
14: "Notice Historique sur la Salle du Jeu-de-Paume
de Versailles" by Charels Vatel; 1st French PB edition
of 1883; 103 pp and 4 engravings. This is a brief history of the famous
old court; its main purpose is to describe the famous Serment. There is
also a detailed list of the names of all the deputies present at the time.
One of only 250 copies, this might not be considered a mainstream book
on Le Jeu de Paume, but it is peripherally important. £250
15: "Public Schools' Rackets Championships
Records". This previously
unknown (to me) T & RA publication provides records of the winners
of each the 15 Rackets playing schools' winning doubles pair, which then
went on to play in the Public Schools Doubles, from the first year in
1868. The last section has the results of the "Final Ties",
the winners & the runners-up.
15 (a): "Records 1868-1945";
11 pp in PB 4to. This copy is in very good condition. £75
15 (b): "Records 1868-1949";
11 pp in PB 4to. This copy has some added ink comments. £75
16: "Racquet and Tennis Club: Some History
and Some Memories" by George
Mead Rushmore; 1st edition of 1976 (500 numbered copies); 107 pp in hardboards.
This is a history of the (New York) Racquet and Tennis Club. Racquets
was played in New York City from about 1800 onwards. Major personalities
and events are described, and the sports they played. £150
17: "Tennis and Oxford"
by Jeremy Potter; 1st de luxe edition (100 copies only) of 1994;
152 pp. in luxury blue leather binding, all page edges gilt. This is the
history of the several courts in Oxford over the centuries. This copy
is signed by the author. £150
18: "Tennis & Rackets Association Records";
28 pp in PB 4to. This slender book contains a substantial quantity of
Tennis & Rackets event records, from c1750 (Clerge the World Champion)
up to and including 1947. Tennis covers the Amateur, MCC prizes, Oxford
vs Cambridge (from 1859), and Bathurst Cup. Rackets covers World Championship
(1820 Robert Mackay), the Amateur, Oxford vs Cambridge, Public Schools
etc. This is a very rare item. £125
19: "Tennis, Rackets, Fives"
by Julian Marshall et al; 1st USA edition of 1891. This is the very
rare USA edition; light green boards, the front board gilt decorated.
Nicely illustrated coaching manual with each game described by great experts
of the period. (the title page is loose) £675
OR "PELOTE BASQUE" BOOKS AND DECORATIVES: Relatively few
people have seen this game being played; all who have will agree it is
a spectacular and incredibly fast ball game. Played mostly in the small
area either side of "Los Pirineos/Les Pyrenees" bordering the
Atlantic, the game is another of those in the family of "Le Jeu de
Paume". Pelota literature is very thin on the ground. Rather like
Real Tennis which is played by so few world-wide, and where the titles
are in very short print-runs, so with Pelota. But unusually I am able
to offer a small parcel of Pelota items, books in French, engravings,
and even a chistera, the implement used. Pelota is still very strong in
the Pays Basques, and supports a regular monthly magazine.
20: "Chistera"; yes I have
a chistera for sale, date c1945, made of typical cane with glove attachment,
the whole measuring some 2 feet in length including the pronounced curve.
21: "La Pelote";
a coloured lithograph by Xavier Gose; c1902. Image measures 19cm x 27cm.
This is taken from a contemporary magazine, and shows a player in traditional
white clothing, red beret and red sash, a chistera on his hand, in conversation
with two supporters. £95
22: "La Pelote Basque";
a Belgian advertising postcard c1900. Illustrated with two highly coloured
Pelote scenes, one a player with chistera, and the other a game in progress.
23: "La Pelote Basque, son art, ses secrets,
ses regles" by Bota; 1974; 154 pp in PB. This is one of
the most recent Pelote titles, being illustrated with photographs and
24: "La Pelote Basque, Ses Jeux"
by A. Tournier; 1958; 46 pp in PB. Illustrated with delightful vignettes
of the games being played, this book discusses origins, the ball, the
gloves, the chistera, the ground of play, the rules, traditions, and various
derivatives of the game. £60
25: "Pelote Basque"
by A. Jaureguy; 1944; 161 pp in PB. This book, illustrated with
artistic sketches, describes Pelote and Trinquet, an indoor variety of
Le Jeu de Paume. £75
26: "La Vie Au Grand Air";
edition for 22 May 1909. This is a large format French sports magazine.
The front cover is a full page, dramatic action photograph of Heguy retrieving
the ball in mid-air. The centre spread contains 10 photographs of several
of the top players of the day playing Pelote Basque at the new fronton
in Paris. There is also an amazing article describing and illustrating
an invention by the Wright Brothers. Is it a plane? Yes it is!! £75
27: "Le Rebot et Autres Jeux de Pelote Basques"
by Dr. A. Vergely; 1948; 46 pages in PB. From St. Jean-de-Luze, and illustrated
with delightful vignettes, this lovely book describes the history, the
courts, the implements, and Les Jeux de Trinquet, de Rebot, and de Fronton.
28: "An original pen and ink drawing of
a Pelota player", c1930; measures 28cm x 38cm. The image
shows a full-length player about to play a double-handed stroke. £125
BOOK CORNER: Here is a further selection from my shelves of reading
copies of older books, not in top condition. Unsold items from last time
are mostly listed at lower prices.
29: "Aces, Places and Faults"
by William T. Tilden; 1938; 304 pp. £25
30: "American Heritage June 1971";
article (12 pages) called "Sphairistike, Anyone?". £25
31: "Athletic Journal Jan/Jul 1888";
one large volume mostly football but some tennis. £25
32: "Budge on Tennis" by
Don Budge; 1946; 180 pp. (see also book 07) £15
33: "Death Serves an Ace"
by Helen Wills & Robert Murphy; 1939; 317 pp. Tennis novel. £25
34: "Eton & Rugby Fives"
by Egerton & Armitage; c1936; 96 pp. (see also book 50) £20
35: "Gordon Lowe on Lawn Tennis"
by F. Gordon Lowe; 1924; 160 pp. £20
36: "Great Lawn Tennis"
by A. Wallis Myers; 1937; 223 pp. A wonderful history. £20
37: "Grosse Meister (Der)" by
Robert Geist; 1999; Austrian PB title on Ken Rosewall. £15
38: "Lawn Tennis for Club Players"
by William T. Tilden; 1925; Jackie Smyth's copy! £20
39: "Lawn Tennis of To-Day"
by F.R. Burrow; 1924; 121 pp. A gorgeous front board. £25
40: "Lawn Tennis Made Easy"
by Bunny Austin; 1935; 109 pp. £15
41: "Lawn Tennis Tip Book" by
A.E. Beamish; 1923; 59 pp. By a leading teaching pro. £15
42: "Lawns and Sports Grounds"
by James Carter; 1923; 40 pp in illustrated paperback. £15
43: "Lessons for Beginners"
by J. Parmly Paret; 1926; 174 pp. £25
44: "Mechanics of the Game"
by J. Parmly Paret; 1926; 269 pp. £25
45: "Methods & Players of Modern Lawn
Tennis" by S. W. Merrihew; 1922; fep absent. £25
46: "Rackets, Squash-Rackets, Tennis, Fives,
Badminton"; the Lonsdale Library; 1933. £20
47: "Singles and Doubles in Lawn Tennis"
by William T. Tilden; 1923; 228 pp. £20
48: "Text Book of Lawn Tennis"
by M.J.G. Ritchie; c1910; 88 pp. £15
49: "Things That Matter in Lawn Tennis"
by J.C.S. Rendall; 1930; 203 pp. £15
FIVES AND TABLE TENNIS: Books on Fives can probably be numbered
on the fingers of one hand. However you would be surprised at just how
big the Table Tennis bibliography is. It is not one of my normal games,
but this early book with the Tilden connection caught my eye.
50: "Eton & Rugby Fives"
by David Egerton and John Armitage; 1st reprinted edition of 1936;
c100 pp in DW. This little book covers Eton, Rugby & Winchester Fives;
with photographs. £45
51: "A Manual of Ping-Pong, The Game, Its
Tactics and Laws" by Cornelius G. Schaad; 2nd edition
of 1929; 68 pp in PB; introduction by William T. Tilden. Britain's Fred
Perry and Ann Haydon (Jones) excelled at Table Tennis, as did Manuel Alonso
and Vinnie Richards. £60
OF TENNIS CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD:
52: "A Centennial History of the Seattle
Tennis Club" by James Warren; 1990; 98 pp in large format.
Famous West Coast tennis club where my old friend Pat Bostrom plays! £30
53: "Ein Jahrhundert Tennis in Berlin"
by Wolfgang Hofer; 1996; 243 pp (4to) & DW. About Berlin's
top tennis club. With the author's personal inscription to Fred Perry's
wife Bobby. £75
54: "Fox Meadow Tennis Club 1883 to 1983:
The First Hundred Years" by Diana Reische; 1983; 104 pp.
This is the story of a small, friendly tennis club in New York state.
55: "History of Philadelphia Tennis 1875-1995";
1995; 64 pp in large format (500 copies only). Many fascinating articles
illustrate tennis there through the years since 1875. £50
56: "A Love of Tennis: A History of the
Toronto Lawn Tennis Club"; 1981; 144 pp in large format
and DW. Illustrated with historical photos and documents about this Canadian
57: "Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club:
100 Years in Australian Tennis"
by Richard Yallop; 1984; 148 pp in DW. This is about the most prestigious
tennis club in Australia. £40
58: "A Serve to Authority: 100 Years of
Heroes and Headlines" by
Richard Yallop; 1992; 194 pp in large format. This is the history of tennis
at Kooyong in Victoria, Australia. £45
59: "The Sweet Spot One Hundred Years of
Life and Tennis in Geelong" by
Graeme Kinross Smith; 1982; 191 pp in HB. The story of the oldest tennis
club in Australia. (signed) £50
OF TENNIS CLUBS IN THE UK:
60: "Dinas Powis Lawn Tennis Club Centenary
1901-2001" edited by John Pikoulis; 122 pp in large 8vo
PB. This is the story of a small but vibrant tennis club in South Wales,
ably illustrated and accompanied by full lists of past champions and officers.
61: "A History of Roehampton Club 1901 to
1986" by Elizabeth Hennessy; 1986; 64 pp in DW. This is
the story of a very famous multi-sports club situated in south-west London.
62: "Northern Lawn Tennis Club: History
of the Club 1881-1936" by R.L. Fell; 75 pp. This is one
of the earliest tennis club histories I have seen. It is a top north-west
sports club. £110
63: "One Hundred Sporting Summers"
by Bob Everitt; 1995; 186 pp in DW. This book is "A
celebration of Bilston Lawn Tennis Club's Centenary". Bilston is
near Birmingham . £20
64: "The Hurlingham Club 1869-1953"
by Captain Taprell Dorling (aka "Taffrail"); 1954; 69
pp in HB. Top London sports club, where polo, golf, tennis, squash &
croquet were played. £35
65: "The Queen's Club Story 1886-1986"
by Roy McKelvie; 1st edition of 1986; 306 pp in DW. This is a book
which always gives me personal pleasure, firstly because I worked for
Roy at Wimbledon for 12 years when he was Press Officer, and secondly
because he asked me to prepare much of the research on the squash aspect.
It remains a superb history of probably the top multi-sporting club in
Great Britain. This copy is personally inscribed and signed by Boris Becker,
dated 14 June 1986, a year in which he did not win. (Only 2000 copies
66: "Winchester Tennis & Squash Club
A Historical Record 1906-1992" by Bernard Mussell; 1994;
108 pp (4to). This is the story of a famous club on the south coast of
PROGRAMMES FROM THE 1920'S AND THE 1930'S: These rare Wimbledon programmes
are from a great period of tennis, and most are in very good condition.
67: 1924 2nd Monday (Borotra/McKane) £250
68: 1925 2nd Thursday (Lacoste/Lenglen) £300
69: 1927 3rd Monday (Cochet/Wills) £300
70: 1930 3rd Monday (Tilden/Moody) £300
71: 1931 1st Saturday (Woods/Aussem) £200
72: 1931 2nd Thursday (Woods/Aussem) £200
73: 1933 2nd Saturday Crawford/Moody) £250
74: 1934 1st Saturday (Perry/Round) £200
& WORLD OF TENNIS ANNUALS: See Newsletter
47 for availability & prices.
EDWARD CLARKSON POTTER Jr was born in New York City in 1885 and
became a good player. He was an officer of both the USLTA and the Florida
LTA, and he was Chairman of the USLTA Publications Committee. As such
he became much involved in tennis journalism. He wrote the following three
major tennis titles. Does anyone know his birth and death dates?
75: "Kings of the Court";
1st edition of 1936; 252 pp in large 4to and decorative DW. He reviews
the great players from the first Wimbledon Championships through to the
Budge era in the USA. He also looks at the Davis Cup, great stylists,
men & women greats, the development of the game in the leading tennis
countries; all supported by fascinating anecdotes. £175
76: "Kings of the Court";
1st revised edition of 1963; 342 pp in DW. Reprinted, including new text
and photographs of the current top stars, viz. Kramer, Hoad, Rosewall,
Bueno etc. £50
77: "The Davis Cup"; 1st
edition of 1969; 142 pp in large format (4to) DW. This is a very readable
history of the Davis Cup from the first challenge in 1900 up to the "Open
78: "The World's Leading Tennis Players";
110 pp in slim PB. This is a record of the achievements of 165 of the
world's top players. This annual went into some 6 editions, but this copy
is only the first copy of any edition I have ever been able to offer for
NOVELS: My last list of tennis novels resulted in 100% sales! I was
cleaned out, and restocking has not been easy. Here are some repeats and
some first timers.
79: "The Big Silver Bowl"
by Philip Harkins; 1st USA edition of 1947; 218 pp in a super dust-wrapper.
This is one that I did not know existed until recently. The hero, a football
player, turns to tennis and after endless trials and tribulations helps
his country to win the Davis Cup. £135
80: "Break Point" by Jeremy
Burnham; 1st edition of 1982; 188 pp in DW (8vo). This is about young
Barry and his struggles on the road to becoming a successful tennis player.
81: "The Finalists"
by Russell Braddon; 1st edition of 1977; 224 pp in DW (8vo). This
is about an amazingly long Wimbledon men's final. The excitement builds
through the fifth set. £20
82: "First Serve" by Mary
Towne; 1st USA edition of 1976; 214 pp in DW. This copy is ex-lib. Sixteen
year-old Dulcie becomes a tennis player and sets her sights on the top.
83: "The Good Loser" by
E. Richard Schayer; 1st USA edition of 1917; 59 pp in hardboards. The
boy Billy is taken on by the coach Kendrick who makes him a good tennis
player. This is an exceptionally early tennis novel from the USA and it
even has its tissue guard at the front. £225
84: "Match Point for Murder"
by Kin Platt; 1st USA edition of 1975; 185 pp in DW. The sub-title
is: "A new Max Roper mystery in which murder calls set point."
That says it all really. £30
85: "The Net" by Ilie Nastase;
1st edition of 1987; 254 pp in DW (8vo). Following on from "Tie-Break",
(see 90 below), here are more exotic tour happenings experienced by the
86: "The Promising Young Men"
by George Sklar; 1st USA edition of 1951; 304 pp in DW. Another superb
dustwrapper encloses a rare tennis novel in which Steve Kropa strives
to become a top tournament player but as ever it fails to bring him true
87: "Proudly She Serves"
by Helen Hull Jacobs; 1st USA edition of 1952; 214 pp in DW (8vo).
This is sub-tilted: "The realistic story of a tennis champion who
became a Wave." Jacobs was a Commander in the USNR and she excelled
at tennis fiction. The dustwrapper shows her in uniform. This copy is
beautifully inscribed by her and dated June 1953. £175
88: "Tennis Shoes" by Noel
Streatfield; 5th impression of 1952; 215 pp in nice DW. This is the most
famous of all English tennis novels, being a charming family story of
the late 1930's. £75
89: "The Tennis Terror and Other Tennis
Stories" by Harold M. Sherman; 1st USA edition of 1932;
244 pp in DW (8vo). The dustwrapper is a classic of 1930's design. The
six tennis stories range from tales about champions to tales about tennis
novices, all pleasantly written. £125
by Ilie Nastase; 1st edition of 1986; 273 pp in DW (8vo). One could
be forgiven for thinking the many on and off court experiences described
here reflect Ilie's tennis life! £20
BOOKS WITH TENNIS SCENE FRONT-BOARDS: I like Victorian and early 20th
century books for girls which have front cover boards showing delightful
91: "Daddy's Girl"
by L.T. Meade; c1900 (8vo). The front board shows a late Victorian
girl with her tennis racket. It is a coloured but rather impressionist
view of a player. £25
92: "The Little Princess of Tower Hill"
by Mrs L.T. Meade; c1925. The front board shows a full length scene of
mixed singles in colour. It is a little worn but still a pretty tennis
Lawn Tennis Club"; constitution, by-laws and ground rules.
In beautiful condition is this little book from 1894 describing the administration
of a small New York tennis club. £150
SIGNED ITEMS: Here are some interesting items signed by great tennis
94: "Behind the Scenes at Wimbledon"
by A.D.C. Macaulay (as told to Sir John Smyth); 1st edition of 1965 in
DW (8vo). This excellent history of the Championships is signed by Duncan
Macaulay; Jacky Smyth; AELTC secretary David Mills; tournament referee
Michael Gibson. £225
95: "Davis Cup 1973"; programme
(4to) for the Australia/Czechoslovakia semi-final played at Kooyong. This
copy is signed on the front cover by Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Colin Dibley,
Ken Rosewall, Neale Fraser, Mal Anderson, and Greg Masters (indistinctly).
96: "The Quest of the Davis Cup"
by S. Wallis Merrihew; 1st USA edition of 1928; 377 pp. This rare
book was written when the Davis Cup was only 28 years old, and contains
the full scores of every tie played so far. It is well supported with
photographs, and is signed by the author. £350
97: "Roland Garros" daysheet
for 30 May 1997, boldly signed "Good luck! John McEnroe". £50
98: "Wimbledon Programme 6th July 1967";
this edition comes with a sheet of All England Club letter-head signed
by these players in the Ladies' Singles draw: Billie Jean King, Virginia
Wade, F. Durr, Christine Truman, Jan O'Neill, Lesley Turner, Joyce Williams,
Nancy Richey, Carole Graebner, Ann Jones, Judy Tegart, Annie van Zyl,
Winnie Shaw, Rosemary Casals, and Maria Bueno. In addition, there is Doris
Hart and Angela Barrett (Mortimer). £185
1922 The New Ground and Centre Court"; by Alan Little;
32 pp in PB. This is the story of the planning and development of the
new complex in Church Road; Tilden and Lenglen fans had outgrown Worple
Road. To order, call the Wimbledon Shop on +44 (0)208-946-6131
"Slazengers and Wimbledon".
To celebrate the 100th consecutive Championships in which the back page
of the Wimbledon programme has carried a full-page advertisement for Slazengers,
a book is being published in time for this year's Championships at just
IN CONCLUSION, here is a "pot pourri" of interesting and
unusual tennis ephemera:
099: "Buster"; 1982, 1984,
1985. Swedish comics with McEnroe on front covers; each at £10
100: "Buster"; 1984. This
is a Swedish comic with Lendl on the front cover. £10
101: "Fundamentals of Tennis"
by Wm. T. Tilden; c1929. Tiny "Armour Strings" leaflet.
102: "Hartley Tennis Rackets"
c1925. Australian 2 page racket manufacturer's leaflet. £10
103: "How to Play Better Tennis";
c1932; 24 pages. "Wright & Ditson" advertising item. £25
104: "International LTC France vs GB"
programmes; Queen's Club 1933 & 1936; each at £10
105: "Lawn Tennis Nets 1929";
8 pages. An illustrated tennis-net distributor's leaflet. £20
106: "Spalding's Tennis Annual 1925".
Lovely action photo of Tilden on the cover. £45
107: "Stroking with Vincent Richards"
c1935; by Dunlop. This is a tiny coaching manual. £25
108: "Tennis and How to Play It";
c1930. Advertising booklet for "Kent Rackets". £20
109: "US Open 2001 or Australian Open 2002"
; 1 only program & draw-sheet; each at £20
110: "Wightman Cup (GB vs USA) 1934"
programme; at the All England LTC. £10
111: "Wimbledon: Official Journal of the
Museum" ; 1978; 54 pp in A4 PB. Very rare! £15
112: "Wright & Ditson Official Lawn
Tennis Guide 1920". A good, early edition. £60
113: "Wright & Ditson Official Lawn
Tennis Guide 1931; 1938"; each at £40
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