NEW TITLES; BARGAIN BOOKS; REAL TENNIS TITLES; GONZALES
here for previous newsletters.
After a very busy summer, I am taking things a bit more quietly for a
while so as to be able to catch up on cataloguing the masses of new purchases
*** My racket sports
bibliography has now passed 4600 items, and I am complementing this by
storing photographs of as many titles as I can locate. Sports covered
include Lawn Tennis, Real Tennis, Rackets, Squash Rackets, Pelota, and
Kaatsen (a Fresian ball game of three a-side)
*** Christie's and
Sotheby's held what looked at first like exciting tennis auctions. But
because of hopelessly over optimistic estimating, a large number of lots
remained unsold. The market in Tennis collectables is a delicate one,
and needs careful, sensitive handling. It is nothing like as robust as
the markets for Golf, Cricket, and Baseball. A bit of informal consultation
before deciding on estimates might do wonders, and boost the confidence
*** UK parcel postal
charges have been raised yet again. With the increasing frequency of lost
parcels, I am having to use recorded delivery more often. I have lost
the last 4 parcels I sent to Paris. One was actually tracked to within
a mile of its destination and still was lost without trace. Despite having
return addressed labels on every parcel, they still vanish. I shall have
to reflect these considerations in future invoicing, but as a concession
I will waive all postal charges for invoices in excess of £250 or
for orders of 10 or more books. Remind me!
THE HONDA CHALLENGE
will be back again at the Royal Albert Hall in London from Wednesday 4th
to Sunday 8th of December. This event, now in its 5th year, provides the
most exciting tennis in the country after Wimbledon, and it features top
quality tennis from some of the sport's all-time greats. Amongst the players
who have been invited are John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Henri
Leconte, Ilie Nastase, Guy Forget, Petr Korda, and one other Wimbledon
champion whose name I cannot yet mention! For corporate hospitality packages,
call Tournament Director John Beddington on 020-7351-7499. You can buy
tickets using the enclosed order form (UK clients only), or by phoning
the box office on 020-7589-8212
QUEEN'S CLUB AND
EASTBOURNE: Great weather, large crowds and plenty of top-ranked players
ensured that these tournaments were entertaining and, for The Tennis Bookshop,
very busy weeks. My stocks of books and programmes were well plundered,
but I have just bought two collections, so I will have plenty of excellent
titles for the Honda Challenge in December. Thanks again to the huge number
of friends and clients who visited the two shops in June.
This was not exactly a vintage Wimbledon, the loudest sound in the first
week being the dull thud of falling seeds. Hewitt came through without
losing a set and was by head and shoulders the best male player around.
The Williams sisters provided an excellent final, but no match in either
draw approached the excitement of the 2001 Men's final. I was fortunate
to spend quality time with the ebullient Pancho Segura; I met Dick Savitt
and Ted Schroeder, and the irrepressible Sidney Wood, the 1931 champion
who is still sharp as a blade! Gardnar Mulloy still comes but is much
slower round the corridors. Maria Bueno looks as lovely as ever. I tried
my hand at some broadcasting on Radio Solent, Radio Wimbledon, and Radio
Europe, and managed to enjoy the experience enough to agree to do more
I am delighted/relieved to say that my camera is now fully operational,
which means that I can very quickly send by mail or by e-mail photographs
of any item you may wish to consider. I have already used this service
for several clients here in the UK in the USA.
Well over half the names on my client list now has an e-mail address.
This makes for much easier and faster communication. With the digital
camera, (see above) information and photographs can flow in an instant.
If you have an e-mail address and have not yet let me have it, I urge
you to do so, as I propose to start e-mail circulations of tennis buying
opportunities rather more frequently than the four-times a year Newsletters.
PUBLISHED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS
001: "Fame" compiled &
edited by Eugene L. Scott; 4th edition; 144 pp in hardboards and dw; broad
8vo. Here is Gene's latest edition of the record of inductees into the
Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RI. The latest are Pam Shriver (on the
front cover), and recently married to James Bond star George Lazenby,
and Swedish player Mats Wilander. Delivery delays are possible. £25
002: "Roland Garros 2002"
by Patrice Dominguez; 124 pp in large format (4to) paperback. This year
the format is smaller and the book is no longer in a box. It is nevertheless
an excellent reminder of Roland Garros 2002 and it has an added section
of historical photos. £30
003: "Serious: John McEnroe the Autobiography"
written with James Kaplan; June 2002; 346 pp in dw 8vo. The USA title
is "You Cannot be Serious". This title came out at about the
same time as the Cash book and rumours of a massive advance to JM from
Little, Brown ensured the McEnroe book was everywhere you looked. Love
him or hate him, you cannot deny he was and indeed remains a most skilled
and brilliant tennis player. I have already put in a request to the organisers
of the Honda Challenge at the Royal Albert Hall in December for some signing
sessions. There is a wide range of prices in the high street on this book.
My price is £15
004: "Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest
Players, Matches, and Controversies" by Paul Fein; May
2002; HB in DW 8vo; 320 pp. This new book is a collection of essays and
interviews. Fein has talked with Connors, McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Capriati,
Kournikova and many more top names. Thus the bulk of this book deals with
1985 and onwards. But as a last thought, he lists his selection of "The
Ten Greatest Matches in Tennis History", always an emotive and rather
brave step to take in public. But by and large, I can't find fault with
his list. £17
005: "Tennis Record Book Men and Women"
by Rino Tommasi; new edition; 220 pp in large 4to pb. This is for stats
fans, carrying enormous quantities of data. Amongst many other tables
of stats can be found all the draw-sheets for the 69 ATP events and the
63 WTA events in 2001; the top 300 men and women by birthday, country,
and activity; all the draw-sheets for the 136 Challengers; Grand Slams
for 2001, and much, much more! Hours of happy stat hunting! £25
006: "Tennis's Most Wanted: the top 10 book
of baseline blunders, clay court wonders, and lucky lobs"
by Floyd Conner; 1st USA paperback edition of 2002; 289 pages in paperback.
This is just out and should interest and even educate the most knowledgeable
tennis fan. It consists of 65 sections, each listing 10 tennis people
who fit into sections with titles such as First Serves, Strange Shots,
Teen Terrors, Record Breakers, Court Artists, Embarrassing Losses, Family
Ties, Great Rivalries, Ultimate Upsets, and so on. All very entertaining
& interesting! £8
007: "Tennis's Strangest Matches"
edited by Peter Seddon; 1st UK paperback edition of 2001; 276 pp. I listed
this book previously but am doing so again as I have thoroughly enjoyed
the many fascinating and strange stories of tennis happenings. It makes
great holiday reading! £9
008: "Uncovered: The Autobiography of Pat
Cash" written with Barry Flatman; published in May 2002;
333 pp in dw 8vo. Here is the story so far of the Australian Wimbledon
champion of 1987. "Pat bares his soul with remarkable honesty, detailing
how some of his rivalries and confrontations over the net have spilled
over into violence back in the confines of the locker room." (My
thanks to Barry Flatman for this quote from the fly). The book attracted
some notoriety in the pre-Wimbledon weeks. As with the McEnroe title above,
I have asked for signing sessions during the Honda Challenge at the Royal
Albert Hall in December. £15
009: "Venus & Serena: My Seven Years
as Hitting Coach for the Williams Sisters" by Dave Rineberg;
1st USA edition of 2001; 170 pp in 8vo; HB in DW. This is quite a detailed
account of how this young man came to be invited to hit with the Williams
sisters from 1992 to 1999. Whilst I have listed this title as new, I anticipate
delivery problems so be patient please. £25
010: "Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside
the Women's Tennis Tour" by L. Jon Wertheim; 1st USA edition
of 2001; 225 pp in 8vo; HB in DW. This is the story of how the older Williams
sister came to dominate the women's game and win her first Wimbledon.
Though there seemed to be enormous sibling rivalry, mostly Press inspired
I believe, Serena's turn would come. £20
011: "A Will to Win" by
Alice Peterson; 1st UK paperback edition of 2002; 261 pp. With a foreword
by Tim Henman, this is the sad story of Alice who, as a teenager was a
very good player, until she was diagnosed with crippling rheumatoid arthritis.
ANNUALS: This fine USA annual was published for nearly 40 years until
its merger with the even longer running Wright & Ditson annual. It
is a thorough review of the tennis season and results of tennis as played
in the USA, with only a small overseas review.
012: 1923, 1925,
1927 (rebound into boards), 1928,
Each at £40
Match Point: The Cliff Drysdale Story"; 1st ed 1968. A
very rare tennis story £35
THE BARGAIN BOOKS PAGE
PLAYER GUIDES AND ANNUALS AT £5 EACH
014: "ATP Player Guides"
1981, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.
015: "Davis Cup Media Guides"
1998, 1999, 2000.
016: "Wimbledon Compendiums"
1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
017: "LTA Handbooks" 1982,
1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.
018: "WTA Player Guides"
1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
019: "World of Tennis Annuals":
While stocks last, these years are offered each at
1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991,
1993, 1994, 1995.
AT £10 EACH; 3 for £25; 5 for £40: Most of these
were published for the American university library circuit; they do not
often reach the UK market. They were written for young teenage readers
rather than adult fans. They are essential player ephemera.
020: "Andre Agassi Tennis Prince"
by Gary Stern; 1993; 48 pp in pictorial boards.
021: "Andre Jaeger Sports Star"
by Ray Sons; 1981; 46 pp in pictorial boards; ex-lib.
022: "Andrea Jaeger Tennis Champion"
by Fogel & Watkins; 1980; 42 pp in dw.
023: "Billie Jean King"
by Jim Baker; 1974; 90 pp in paperback.
024: "Chris Evert" by Jay
H. Smith; 1975; 31 pp in worn pictorial boards; ex-lib.
025: "Chris Evert Princess of Tennis"
by Julian May; 1977; 48 pp in pictorial boards; ex-lib.
026: "Free Spirit Evonne Goolagong"
by D.J. Herda; 1976; 47 pp in pictorial boards; ex-lib.
027: "Ivan Lendl" by Chip
Eliot; 1988; 48 pp in pictorial boards.
028: "Jennifer Capriati Tennis Sensation"
by Margaret Goldstein; 1993; 56 pp in pic. boards.
029: "John McEnroe Sports Star"
by S.H. Burchard; 1979; 63 pp in paperback.
030: "Martina Hingis" by
Bev Spencer; 1999; 107 pp in paperback.
031: "Martina Navratilova Tennis Power"
by R.R. Knudson; 1987; 58 pp in paperback.
032: "Monica Seles Champion Tennis Player"
by Liza N. Burby; 1997; 24 pp in pictorial bds.
033: "Monica Seles Returning Champion"
by Kristin Smith; 64 pp in pictorial boards.
034: "Raising a Racket Rosie Casals"
by Alida Thacher; 1976; 47 pp in pictorial boards; ex-lib
035: "Steffi Graf" by Laura
Hilgers; 1990; 118 pp in pictorial boards.
036: "Tracy Austin" by Gloria
Miklowitz; 1978; 87 pp in paperback.
037: "Tracy Austin Teen Tennis Champion"
by N. Robison; 1980; 80 pp in pict. bds; ex-lib.
038: "Tracy Austin Tennis Wonder"
by Peter Talbert; 1979; 48 pp in large paperback.
AT £10 EACH; 3 FOR £25; 5 FOR £40: This section
did splendid business last time I featured it with nearly all books selling.
The books are in at least good condition, in hardboards with dustwrappers
(2 in paperback); most of them are 1st editions.
039: "Art of Tennis" by
Alan Trengove 1964.
040: "Better Tennis with the World's Best
Players" by Cornel Lumiere 1963.
041: "Bill Talbert's Weekend Tennis"
by Talbert & Greer 1970.
042: "Budge on Tennis" 1957
043: "Championship Tennis"
by Kramer et al 1951
044: "Elements of Lawn Tennis"
by Norman Patterson 1950.
045: "Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary
Player" by Simon Ramo 1971.
046: "Game of Doubles in Tennis"
by Talbert & Old 1957.
047: "Game's the Same" by
John Smyth 1956.
048: "Hitting Hot" by Lendl
& Mendoza 1986.
049: "Improving Your Tennis"
by G.P. Hughes 1947.
050: "Lawn Tennis" by Mike
051: "Lawn Tennis" by C.M.
052: "Lawn Tennis" by John
053: "Lawn Tennis & Table Tennis"
by Vantage c1936.
054: "Lawn Tennis Courtcraft"
by Norman Patterson 1946.
055: "Lawn Tennis for Teachers & Players"
by T Moss 1949.
056: "Lawn Tennis Technique, Training and
Tactics" by Gresham & Millman 1953.
057: "Lawn Tennis the Australian Way"
by Jack Pollard 1964.
058: "Learning Lawn Tennis"
by Emlyn Jones 1960.
059: "Love and Hate on the Tennis Court"
by Cath, Kahn et al 1977.
060: "Match-Winning Tennis"
by C.M. Jones 1971.
061: "Modern Lawn Tennis"
by Tony & Joy Mottram 1957.
062: "Modern Tennis Doubles"
by Smith & Lutz 1976.
063: "Olliff on Tennis"
by John Olliff 1948.
064: "Play the Game Lawn Tennis"
by R Applewhaite 1956.
065: "Science of Tennis"
by D.J. Anderson 1982 PB.
066: "Sinister Tennis"
by P. Schwed 1976.
067: "Swedish Way to Tennis Success"
by Cox & Gould 1990.
068: "Tackle Lawn Tennis This Way"
by Angela Buxton 1958.
069: "Tennis How to Become a Champion"
by C.M. Jones 1968.
070: "Tennis Simplified"
by Eleanor Tennant 1923 PB.
071: "Tennis Techniques Illustrated"
by Mace & Micoleau 1952.
072: "Tilden Lehrt Tennis"
1950 German PB.
073: "Tony Mottram's Quick Way to Better
074: "Tournament Tough"
by C. Goffi 1984.
075: "Use Your Head in Tennis"
by Harman 1963.
Did you know that each year for the last 10 years or so, all Wimbledon
publications for any one year are decorated externally with the same picture?
This includes the poster (see item 092 below), the programme, the compendium,
the tickets, the player and media guides, etc.
076: "Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library
Catalogue 2001" compiled by Alan Little; 176 pages in
paperback. Lists all the book holdings on the library shelves in country
order and then in date of publication order. This is a "must have"
for all serious tennis books collectors. £9
077: "This is Wimbledon; The Official Guide
to the Championships" 1990, 1993, 1996. each £5
078: "Wimbledon 2002 Final Programme"
with all the match results and scores
079: "Wimbledon Annuals":
Some prices up, and some down; due to supply and demand. 1983 @ £195;
1984 @ £100; 1985 @ £110; 1986 @ £10; 1987 @ £10;
1988 @ £10; 1989 @ £10; 1990 @ £25; 1991 @ £50;
1992 @ £10; 1993 @ £110; 1994 @ £40; 1995 @ £10;
1996 @ £10; 1997 @ £125; 1998 @ £10; 1999 @ £10;
2000 @ £20; 2001 @ £20. 2002 at £22
080: "Wimbledon Das Offizielle Jahrbuch"
1994, 1998; German language annuals, each £10
Programmes" Package at £15: I have put together several
packages of 8 Wimbledon programmes, all taken from the second week for
the years 1994 to 2001 inclusive. Wimbledon programmes are updated each
night so these have at least all the first week's results. The package
of 8 programmes weighs about 4.5kg; additional postage will be: UK £7;
Europe £15; USA airmail £33/Surface £15; Australia/Japan
£38 airmail/surface £16.
Finals Day Programmes" at £5 each: These are for the 12th
day if before 1981, and 13th day if from 1981 onwards. Each edition has
printed within it every result except for the matches played on the last
day. I have one of each for: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
These editions are those issued after the Championships have finished,
containing every result in every event. It is published in a very small
083: 1955 £30
084: 1965 £20.
085: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986 £15.
086: 1998, 2001, 2002 £7
Two Wimbledon Programmes
from the 1930's: Pre-1946 Wimbledon programmes are rare. All my stock
was bought at The Queen's Club by one client. Here are two good examples.
087: "Monday 3rd July 1933"
088: "Tuesday June 22nd 1937"
(Coronation Issue) £75
Golden Jubilee Medal". This bronze medal was presented
to each of the entrants for the 1926 Championships. It is circular with
a diameter of almost 5cm, in a partly damaged original card presentation
case, internally green velvet, by the London medallist John Pinches. The
medal shows on the obverse the Men's Singles trophy in raised relief,
encircled round the rim by "Jubilee Lawn Tennis Championships";
the reverse has "Wimbledon 1877-1926" and a blank plate for
the player's name to be engraved. This is an interesting and evocative
memorial of the first 50 years of the All England Club Championships.
Years of Wimbledon 1877 to 1926" by A. Wallis Myers; 96
pp 4to. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Championships,
this is a study of the great names and matches of that period from Spencer
Gore in 1877 and Maud Watson in 1884 upto Rene Lacoste and Suzanne Lenglen
in 1925. The book is filled with many evocative photographs of so many
legendary names. The book was published in a standard and a de luxe edition
090: The de luxe edition in green calf boards externally gilt decorated.
091: The standard edition in grey boards with the All England Club
Posters" at £10 each: These have been issued by
the AELTC since about 1990 and they are as collectable as any major event
poster. They show either historical scenes or new developments. Several
of each: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
1922" and "Wimbledon 1922-2002"; two new titles
from Alan Little at the Wimbledon Library. These fully illustrated booklets
are each of 32 pages. The first describes the building of the new complex
at Church Road, and the second highlights all the construction and layout
changes carried out. Order from the Museum Shop at £2.50 plus pp
Plates": These are very pretty Wedgwood bone china plates showing
highly coloured, imaginary tennis scenes from the late 19th and early
Strawberry"; mid 1990's. An attractive boxed cake plate
27cm x 24cm. £125
094: "1994 Championships";
20.5cm diameter. One boxed at £50; one not boxed at £40
REAL TENNIS TITLES
Since the last newsletter, there have been two new Real Tennis titles,
both of which are listed here. I am also listing a small number of older
interesting titles, and two decoratives.
Sports et Jeux des Rois de France" by Henry Carre; 1st
French edition of 1937; 282 pp in boards 4to. This book describes the
sporting pastimes of the kings of France through the ages, and this includes
a chapter on La Paume. £50
Covey: World Tennis Champion" edited by Neil Covey; published
in 1994; 125 pp in large 4to. This book reproduces the many press cuttings
accumulated by George Covey in his career as a professional Tennis player
who became a great English World Champion. There are full match reports
of many great Real Tennis matches with Kinsella, Etchebaster, etc, etc.
096: 1st de luxe edition, marbled boards, gilt page-edges. 60 copies
printed; 8 remaining. £125
097: 1st standard edition in hard-boards and dust-wrapper. 100
copies printed. £45
with the Ball, Tennis: The Court at Lord's" from Miles;
c1885. Image size is 25cm x 16.5cm. This is a well-known view of a men's
doubles on the old Lord's tennis court. This one is in its original state,
thus not hand-coloured; ready for matting and framing. £150
099: "Hazard Chase" by Jeremy
Potter; reprinted edition of 1989; 192 pp in dw (small 8vo). Here is the
Real Tennis crime novel, which takes place on and around the court. £45
100: "Melbourne to Myopia: Reflections on
my visits to the Real Tennis Courts of the 20th Century"
by George Limb; 170 pp in blue boards (8vo no dw); published April 2002.
George has done what all Tennis players will envy in playing on all the
45 courts in the world. Each complex has a chapter describing the court
and his experiences on that court. The limited edition of 50 copies in
a card slip-case was pre-sold. The standard edition of 450 copies is available
101: "Paris Sportif" par
Crafty; 1st French edition of 1896; 322 pp in blue boards (small 4to).
This is always one of my favourite Jeu de Paume titles, describing the
various sporting activities of the Parisians at the end of the 19th century.
Beside much emphasis on the horse and cycling, there are chapters on Le
Lawn Tennis, La Paume, Le Crocket, and Le Foot-ball. £135
102: "Racquet & Tennis Club 1967";
the handbook of the New York club; 191 pp (12mo) £40
103: "Tennis Origins and Mysteries"
by Malcolm D. Whitman; facsimile reprint 2002; 258 pp in boards (8vo no
dw). Originally published in 1932 (450 copies only) and then reprinted
in 1968, this new edition is in a tiny run of perhaps 100 copies. Its
chapters describe the origin of the various words used in Tennis; then
there are the two substantial bibliographies of Real and Lawn Tennis (both
as at 1932). Collectors of Tennis books will find these lists invaluable.
104: "Tennis Origins and Mysteries"
by Malcolm D. Whitman; 1st USA edition of 1932 in an edition limited to
450 copies. The contents of this book are as described in item 103. £675
105: "Thomas Pettit Court-Tennis Champion"
as shown on the front page of the "New York Clipper" dated Saturday
June 28 1884. This is actually an original and complete copy of the NY
newspaper which has in the middle of its front page a fine engraving of
Pettit in tennis clothes holding a racket and three balls. (Image is 10.5cm
x 17.5cm). Internally there is a short biography of Pettit. Measuring
10.5cm of column length, it is ready for cutting & framing. £150
Here are some more signed tennis items.
106: "Amazing Grace: The Story of the Grace
Park Lawn Tennis Club 1880-1989" by Joseph Johnson; 1st
edition Australia 1989; 210 pages in 4to HB in DW. This is the story of
one of Melbourne's top tennis clubs, where famous members included Pat
Cash, Harry Hopman, Margaret Court and Kerry Reid. Superbly illustrated,
this copy is signed by the author. £45
107: "Arantxa" signed Slazenger
Wimbledon tennis balls; 3 of them only nicely signed, each £5
108: "Arthur Ashe: Portrait in Motion"
by Frank Deford; 1st USA edition of 1975; 272 pp in dw (8vo). This is
the major Ashe life story, in the year he beat Connors at Wimbledon. This
copy is inscribed in his hand-writing, signed and dated "2 Feb 76",
thus a very early autograph. £250
109: "Les Dessous du Tennis Feminin"
by Nathalie Tauziat; French language paperback reprint of 2001; 213 pp.
The new edition is a smaller format, nicely illustrated with photos. £20
110: "Tennis For Teenagers"
by Pauline Betz Addie; USA reprinted paperback edition of 1966; 120 pp
8vo. Some great tennis legends illustrate this coaching manual; signed
111: "Weltmacht Tennis"
by Roderich Menzel; German language edition of 1951; 437 pp in small 4to.
This large book is a superb history of tennis written by a great German
tennis player. It does focus on the German players of all eras, but it
also covers the top players of other countries and it is also a comprehensive
coaching manual. The end paper bears a hand-written dedication to "Pat",
dated "Munchen, 12th of June 1951" and it is signed "Roderich".
112: "Wimbledon Signed Letter-Head";
no obvious date but 1990/95, signed by many female players including those
I can identify: M de Swardt, Wendy Turnbull, Anne Smith, Lisa Raymond,
Renee Stubbs, Joanne Russell, Helena Sukova. There are 10 other signatures.
113: "WITA poster placard"
(28cm x 42cm); shows a woman in profile on a racket head; signed by Hana
Mandlikova, Liz Smylie, Gretchen Magers, Wendy Turnbull, and several others
whom I should be able to recognise but cannot at the moment. Chances for
a lucky buy at £25
'PANCHO' GONZALEZ (born 09 May 1928, died 03 July 1995) Pancho was
one of the best three male players never to win the Wimbledon title. Will
you agree with me I wonder? I know Joe will, if he knows what's best for
him! Rosewall and Lendl are the two others in that exclusive club, at
least as far as 1946 onwards is concerned. Gonzalez changed the spelling
of his surname to Gonzales later in life. The five times married Gonzales
will be fondly remembered for the many exhibition matches he played in
the USA and the UK, but probably most of all for the amazing 5-set first
round Wimbledon match in 1969 against Charlie Pasarell. 'Pancho' won 22-24,
1-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9 in 5 hrs 12 mins to applause I can still hear.
114: "Man With a Racket: The Autobiography
of Pancho Gonzales" as told to Cy Rice; 1st UK edition
of 1959; 238 pp; HB in DW 8vo. This is the official story but only upto
115: "The Return of a Champion: Pancho Gonzalez'
Golden Year 1964" by Dave Anderson; 1st USA edition 1973;
123 pp in dw small 8vo. Whilst this biography focuses on 1964, it is also
an interesting account of his earlier life; the Wimbledon marathon with
Pasarell is covered. £40
116: "Richard Pancho Gonzalez: Tennis Champion"
by Doreen Gonzales; 1st USA edition of 1998; 128 pp in Pic Bds (8vo).
This is my first copy of this rather engaging biography. £30
SOME RECENT TITLES,
SOME NOT SO RECENT: Back in stock in small numbers.
117: "Little Mo's Legacy: A Mother's Lessons,
A Daughter's Story" by Cindy Brinker Simmons; 1st USA
edition of 2001; 126 pp in dw small 8vo. This is about Little Mo's daughter
and how her life was while her mother was a famous global personality;
not always an easy life. £20
118: "Rocket to the Top: On the Road with
Pat Rafter" by Leo Schlink; 1st edition Australia 1999;
212 pp in 8vo paperback. He is such a popular tennis personality, so the
book sells. £20
119: "We HAVE Come a Long Way: The Story
of Women's Tennis" by Billie Jean King with Cynthia Starr;
1st USA edition of 1988; 200 pp in large format (4to) HB in DW. This is
a major history on the women's game (albeit the book is now 14 years old).
It is profusely illustrated including the tennis action picture of all
time of Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon. £25
120: "Wimbledon: The Official History of
the Championships" by John Barrett; edition of 2001 revised
and updated; 468 pages in large format (4to) HB in DW. This is the ultimate
Wimbledon history and a great present for all tennis fans. This edition
has the full draw sheets for the Gentlemen's Singles from 1877, and the
Ladies' Singles from 1884; superbly illustrated. £20
121: "Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis"
by Brad Gilbert (with Andre Agassi); USA paperback edition of 1994; 227
pp in paperback 8vo. The most asked-for coaching book. £8
BOOKS ON SEVERAL
RACQUET SPORTS AT £10 EACH: These USA titles between them discuss
a range of sports including Tennis, Squash, Racquet Ball, Badminton, Table
Tennis, Paddle Tennis, Platform Tennis, Court Tennis, Racquets, Handball,
Paddleball, and Pickle-Ball.
122: "The Complete Racquet Sports Player"
by H. FitzGibbon; 1st edition 1979; 221 pp in dw
123: "Racquet Sports" by
the Diagram Group; 1st paperback edition 1978; 160 pp.
124: "Racquet Sports: An Illustrated Guide"
by E. Nickerson; 1st edition 1982; 181 pp; no dw
125: "The Other Racquet Sports"
by Dick Squires; 1st edition 1978; 273 pp; 4to in dw.
126: CLASSIC BOOKS
LIST: I have recently prepared a list of 16 very early Lawn Tennis
titles from 1883 to 1917, all in beautiful condition. The list is available
to anyone who wants a copy, but at £20, to be deducted from a purchase
from that list; thus it is for serious enquirers only.
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