THE SUMMER TOUR:
I took the bookshop to The Queen's Club for my 11th Stella Artois and
thence to Eastbourne for the 16th consecutive year. These are for me two
marvellous weeks of non-stop chat, book-dealing, and friendship in an
entirely tennis environment; and then on to Wimbledon for my 28th Fortnight
on Centre Court. The English weather caught everyone by surprise by being
almost consistently hot, often hotter than the Med, and only half a day's
play lost in all that time, and once again Henman was the sufferer. During
Tim's match, I met a Belgian hotelier who showed me betting slips totalling
£35,000 which he had laid at evens on Grosjean to beat Henman. He
had already won £25,000 earlier in the week on another match. Here
was a man enjoying his Wimbledon! As I say every year, many thanks to
the many hundreds of friends and clients, old and new, who came over for
a chat and some book business. It was as always a great pleasure to meet
on 24th June: Someone should have told Christie's that Wimbledon was on
that week, so they could have put their tennis lots first instead of after
203 interminable Cricket lots. When they eventually got there, a feature
was a Wimbledon Programme for 1908 which fetched £800, a good buy
I thought. Other pre-1940 editions fetched healthy prices. There were
too many unsolds, which in a narrow market, could be avoided if more consultation
took place with the trade!
AUCTION on 26th June: Mullock's had their usual wide range (c290 lots)
of Racket Sports items, from which it was possible to glean some useful
purchases. There was a huge number of old rackets, many routine books,
Wimbledon Programmes in profusion, mostly far too widely lotted up, and
a beautiful and very rare mid-19th century poster showing a scene of the
game of Rackets being played on an open court.. Well done John for moving
into a centre of habitation!
MAX ROBERTSON AUCTION
AT SOTHEBY'S on 8th July: Max is well-known here in the UK as a leading
BBC Radio commentator at Wimbledon over some 40 years. This sale contained
most of his tennis collection of books, programmes, broadcast notes and
other tennis ephemera. Not all sold, mostly because of optimistic estimates.
I was able to make some purchases and most of these items can be found
in this newsletter, all clearly marked as such. He was fortunate to be
able to obtain many great tennis autographs on books etc. A feature in
the sale was a copy of his book "Wimbledon 1877-1977" which
had been signed by all the champions who returned for the Centenary Championships.
Estimated at £700-£1000, I was knocked out early on and it
fell to the Hall of Fame in Newport at £3200. I was however delighted
with the many signed titles I bought.
BRITISH OPEN SQUASH
CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nottingham's Albert Hall will be the venue for the
final stages of the Open from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th October. John
Beddington, promoter of the Honda Challenge tennis in London, joins with
fellow promoter John Nimmick to breathe new life into the oldest professional
squash championships in the world. It is likely that The Tennis Bookshop
will be present with a large range of old books on squash accumulated
over many years but never previously exhibited. The ticket office is at
the Nottingham Playhouse, which can be contacted on 0115-941-9419
THE HONDA CHALLENGE
2003 will be played at London's Royal Albert Hall from Wednesday 3rd
to Sunday 7th December. Now in its 7th year, this event is a real treat
for all tennis fans in the build-up to Christmas. Already confirmed are
all the past winners who are John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Petr Korda and Guy
Forget. The doubles will feature the marvellous Mansour Bahrami and Ilie
Nastase. UK clients will receive a ticket application form with this Newsletter
52. I lost count of the number of people at Queen's Club and Eastbourne
who picked up a leaflet and said how often they had meant to buy tickets
in past years. The Tennis Bookshop will be in its usual position in the
main entrance lobby. Ticket hot-line is 0207-589-8212
THREE NEW TENNIS
BIOGRAPHIES FOR 2004:
"Boris Becker": I understand that Robert Lubenoff is scheduled
to write an upto date autobiography of Boris Becker. Advance publicity
suggests that the new book (I suppose the title will be "Cupboard
Love") will be available in the middle of 2004, hopefully just before
Wimbledon. Transworld is rumoured to have paid Becker a modest advance
of some £200,000.
"Ilie Nastase" also has an up-to-date life story in the course
of being written. I don't yet know the timetable, but I do know that many
will fondly recall his skill and touch; and who will forget that thrilling
Sunday 5-sets final against Stan Smith in 1972?
"Alan Mills", the Wimbledon Referee, is also believed to be
writing frantically so that his tennis life-story can be ready for next
year's Championships. He will join a long line of distinguished Wimbledon
Referees who have written about their lives.
THE RECENT JOHN
McENROE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, a very large seller!
001: "Serious" by
John McEnroe with James Kaplan; 1st edition of 2002; 346 pp 8vo. This
is the hardback edition of McEnroe's fascinating life, both public and
personal. He talks like he used to play, that is to say blunt and to the
002: "Serious" by
John McEnroe with James Kaplan; 1st PB edition of 2003; 346 pp. The paperback
edition of 001 above. £7
003: "You Cannot Be Serious"
by John McEnroe with James Kaplan; 1st USA edition of 2002; 342 pp 8vo.
This is the USA hardboards edition of 001 above. I believe the text is
identical though of 4 fewer pages. I have just one copy of this edition.
Shoes" by Noel Streatfield; 1st UK edition of 1937; 227
pp; small 8vo. This is the second time I have had a 1st edition of this
wonderful tennis story. Streatfield had already written the even more
famous "Ballet Shoes", but this charming book is all about a
typical middle-class family in a south London suburb in the middle 1930's,
when life was calm and peaceful. The children join the local tennis club
and then spend a glorious summer holiday by the seaside. They go on to
excel at junior tennis. This book, with beautiful illustrations by D.L.
Mays, has a previous owner's inscription dated "Christmas" 1937".
BELOW ARE MANY INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL TENNIS EVENT PROGRAMMES:
Empire vs United States of America" (30th June 1945) and
"British Forces vs Allied Forces"
(28th July 1945), both played at the All England Club.; slender programmes
for two 2nd World War charity tennis events. The two at £20
Hard Court Championships at Bournemouth": This event used
to be one of the premier events in the British tennis calendar, and looking
through the programmes, it is immediately obvious that some great names
are on the record as winners. Most of these editions came from the Max
Robertson collection and are generally in very good condition..
These are the editions available: 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954,
1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967,
1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974. Each at £5; or the whole collection
of 24 editions at £85
de France Internationaux": These are programmes that I
have not seen previously and they come from the Max Robertson collection.
The event was played at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. Some editions
have contemporary press cuttings mounted on advertisement pages. Editions
available (including some duplicates) are: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961,
1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973. Each at £5;
or the whole collection of 14 editions at £60
of London on Grass played at The Queen's Club": This is
quite a good (interrupted) run of programmes from 1949 onwards. Editions
available are: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972.
Each at £10; or the whole collection of 22 editions at £175
Cup Programmes for GB Matches at £5 Each". This
selection of Davis Cup programmes is from the Max Robertson collection.
All these programmes are for Great Britain matches. As with his Wimbledon
programmes, Max has fixed into many of these Davis Cup programmes contemporary
press cuttings describing the tie. Available are: 1954 vs Brazil at Eastbourne;
vs Belgium at Scarborough; 1955 vs India at Manchester; 1956 vs Chile
at Bristol; 1957 vs New Zealand at Eastbourne; vs France at Roland-Garros;
1958 vs Brazil at Eastbourne; vs Germany at Scarborough; vs Brazil at
Eastbourne; vs France at Manchester; 1959 vs Chile at Eastbourne; 1960
vs Italy at Wimbledon; 1961 vs South Africa at Edgbaston Priory; 1962
vs Brazil at Eastbourne; vs Italy at Milan; 1963 vs USSR at Eastbourne;
vs Spain at Bristol; vs Sweden at Wimbledon; vs the USA at Bournemouth;
1964 vs Austria at Tally Ho! Birmingham; vs Ireland at Eastbourne; vs
Yugoslavia at Manchester; vs France at Bristol; 1965 vs South Africa at
Eastbourne; 1966 vs Germany at Hanover; 1967 vs New Zealand at The Queen's
Club; vs Canada at Bournemouth; vs Spain at Eastbourne; 1968 vs France
at Bournemouth; 1973 vs Germany at Munich; 1980 vs Rumania at Bristol;
2000 vs Ecuador at Wimbledon. Each at £5, or all 32 editions at
Wightman Cup"; 1958 at Wimbledon; 1960 at Wimbledon; 1972
at Wimbledon; 1978 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This was the famous
match, and quite a rare occasion, when GB beat the USA. The four together
Programmes from the 1930's": I have acquired a further,
good range of 1930's Wimbledon Programmes, usually so hard to find and
always much sought after by a few keen collectors. I believe these slightly
lower than usual prices represent excellent value. I have listed the two
Singles winners for each year.
011: 1932 Monday June 20th; complete condition; some written results;
the 1st Monday. (Vines/Moody) £75
012: 1932 Wednesday June 29th; covers detached but present; with
Centre Court ticket; 2nd Wednesday. (Vines/Moody) £75
013: 1933 Monday June 26th; covers detached but present; stained
internally. 1st Monday. (Perry/Moody) £75
014: 1933 Monday July 3rd; good complete condition for the 2nd
Monday. (Perry/Moody) £75
015: 1933 Thursday July 6th; good complete condition for the 2nd
Thursday. (Perry/Moody) £95
016: 1934 Monday June 25th; complete but stained internally; some
results written in; the 1st Monday. (Perry/Round) £75
017: 1934 Thursday June 28th; complete but front cover stained;
the 1st Thursday. (Perry/Round) £75
018: 1935 Saturday June 29th; complete condition; stained slightly
inside; the 1st Saturday. (Perry/Moody) £75
019: 1935 Tuesday July 2nd; good complete condition for the 2nd
Tuesday. (Perry/Moody) £85
020: 1936 Monday June 22nd; good complete condition; some results
written in; the 1st Monday. (Perry/Jacobs) £75
021: 1936 Friday July 3rd; good complete condition for the 2nd
Friday. (Perry/Jacobs) £95
022: 1938 Tuesday June 28th; good complete condition; many results
written in; the 2nd Tuesday. (Budge/Moody) £80
023: 1938 Thursday June 30th; good complete condition for the 2nd
Thursday. (Budge/Moody) £85
024: 1939 Thursday June 29th; front cover stained; the 1st Thursday.
025: 1939 Thursday July 6th; good complete condition; some results
written in; the 2nd Thursday. (Riggs/Marble) £85
Programmes from 1946 to 1960": These have now become very
hard to find, fetching much higher prices at auction than in previous
years. They are mostly in good, complete condition.
1st day 1957. 2nd day 1950. 3rd day 1951. 4th day 1950. 5th day 1957.
6th day 1952. 8th day 1957. 11th day 1957. Each at £10
12th (Finals) day: 1946 at £30. 1947 at £25. 1948 at £25
(incl. press cuttings). 1950, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960. Each at £20
Programmes from Men's Final Day": These are all for the
13th day, and full of results. Editions for: 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001. Each at £5
Programmes Final Editions": These much collected final
editions, published after the Championships are over, contain every result
for every event. These are the editions available: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982,
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988. Each at £15. 1993, 1998, 2000,
2001, 2002. Each at £10. 2003 is now available at £6
Programmes Final Editions" from the Max Robertson collection.
All have varying quantities of contemporary press cuttings mounted on
the pages containing advertisements, so the actual draw pages are unmarked.
Whereas some purists might say this spoils the editions, I found reading
the cuttings had the effect of being a predecessor of the Wimbledon Annuals,
as most of the cuttings are from The Daily Telegraph by top journalists
such as Lance Tingay.
(** indicates that the front and rear covers are detached but present).
These are the editions available:
1952 (**), 1953 (**), 1954 (**), 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972,
1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980. Each at £20
Professional Lawn Tennis Tournament" programmes for 1950,
1955, 1956, all at Scarborough; 1958, 1959 both at Eastbourne. Players
playing include Gonzales, Segura, Rosewall, Molloy, Hoad, & Perry.
The 5 items for £30
"Wimbledon Annuals": 1983
at £195; 1984/93/97 each at £75; 1985 at £125; 1986/87/88/89/92/95/96/98/99/2000
each at £10; 1990/91/94/2001 each at £40; 2002 at £20.
032: 2003 is due out in mid-September and the cost will
033: "Wimbledon Annuals:
A Complete set of all 21 editions from 1983 to 2003".
It is a long time since I have been able to offer a complete set of these
annuals. Each edition is in very good condition, complete with its original
dustwrapper. (see items 031/2). Against a total value of about £850,
I am able to offer this very nice complete set at a discount price of
NEW AND RECENT
Player Guide 2003" at £10; 035: "WTA Media
Guide 2003" at £10
036: "Davis Cup Media Guide 2003"
at £10. 037: "Fed Cup Media Guide 2003" at £10.
I have only one of each
038: "The Book of Tennis 2003"
by Chris Bowers; 192 pp small 4to. This is a very useful source of a wide
range of tennis information. It was intended that this book became a replacement
for the now defunct World of Tennis Annual. £10
039: "Holding Serve, Persevering
on and off the Court" by Michael Chang with Mike Yorkey;
1st PB edition of 2003; 248 pp. This is the story of Chang and his meteoric
rise in tennis, his religious convictions, and his recent retirement from
the game. £8
040: "In His Court"
by Betsy Nagelsen McCormack; 1st USA edition of 2002; 129 pp small 8vo.
This unusual book links the tennis careers of several top players with
their religious convictions. It is refreshing to see another side to these
041: "The Language of Tennis"
by Ossian Shine; 2003; 160 pp in PB. Here can be found every word and
term used in tennis, its derivation, history and meaning. This will make
a good "trivial pursuit" present for every tennis fan. £10
042: "My Life With Lew"
by Jenny Hoad and Jack Pollard; 1st PB edition of 2003; 228 pp. It was
a great love story interspersed with amazing tennis achievements, ending
up in retirement and sad decline in the South of Spain. £20
043: "Racket Sports Collectibles"
by Bob Everitt; 2003; c300 pp in large format hardboards and dustwrapper.
This is the definitive book on all those racket sports items in your collection
giving photos, descriptions, history, date etc. Owing to the high cost
of mailing, USA buyers can buy in the USA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can supply competitively the rest of the world. £55
044: "Rocket to the Top, On the Road
with Pat Rafter" by Rafter with Leo Schlink; 1st PB edition
of 1999; 212 pp. It is amongst my most regular sellers, rightly so, as
he was a very charismatic person and player, now much missed. £20
045: "60 Volte Roma"
by Ubaldo Scanagatta; 104 pp PB. Ubaldo continues his homage to the Italian
Open by updating his book of statistics, facts and results of this long-standing
event in the European tennis calendar. £15
046: "Tennis Record Book 2003"
by Rino Tommasi; 238 pp in 4to PB. This, the third edition of Rino's massive
statfest, is a must for all devourers of who beat whom, when, where, and
by how much; more head-to-heads than I knew existed! £25
by Pat Cash with Barry Flatman; 1st edition of 2002; 333 pp 8vo. This
is the hardboards edition (no paperback edition seen yet) of Pat Cash
and his somewhat stormy life in tennis. Like McEnroe, he pulls no punches
048: "Men's Results Guide 2003"
and 049: "Women's Results Guide 2003".
These PB books list all the singles results from each of the top 150 men
and women in the 2 Wimbledon Singles events since 1st January 2003. One
of each only at £15
050: "Wimbledon Compendium 2003"
compiled by Alan Little. This amazing source of facts and figures about
the Championships seems to get bigger as the years go by. No tennis fan
can get bored while this book is around! £10
051: "Wimbledon: Serving Through
Time" by staff of the Wimbledon Museum; 72 pp; PB 4to.
Beautifully illustrated, this book relates many of the fine artefacts
in the Museum to major tennis happenings of their period of manufacture.
SET OF 6 TENNIS SILVER TEASPOONS: This is a very unusual find,
as mostly I find single spoons. This is a matching set of 6 teaspoons
in a plush presentation case, all bearing a finial crest with the words
"Luton Town B & Tennis Club", the words on a blue background,
and surrounding a silver tennis player. The spoons are all hallmarked
EPHEMERA (each item at £10):
Here is a wide selection of interesting printed ephemera, all related
to tennis. This is a positive pot-pourri (!?) of bits and pieces which
I have been accumulating over the last few years. But, for every piece
of ephemera, there is a buyer somewhere, so have a good look through this
lot, as there may be opportunities. Some of these items come from the
Max Robertson collection.
053: "All England Lawn Tennis Championships
1937", competitor's card disc pass, 6cm diameter.
054: "Architectural Digest"
September 1986; 230 pp magazine, containing photo illustrated article
of Martina Navratilova's house in Texas
055: "Edwards Sports Nets catalogue
1951", 66 pp in PB 4to.
056: "Edwards Sports Nets summer catalogue
1967", 26 pp in large PB 8vo.
057: "Grays of Cambridge sports catalogue
c1930", 32 pp in PB 8vo.
058: "Greg Rusedski signed colour
photo", 18cm x 24cm.
059: "Lawn Tennis Nets 1929",
8pp in PB small 8vo.
060: "Royal Tennis Court Hampton
Court Palace", 12 pp, booklet c1960.
061: "Slazengers sports catalogue
1939", 64 pp in PB 8vo.
062: "Slazengers Winter Sports Catalogue
1958/9", 34 pp + 47 pp price list, PB large 8vo.
063: "Sports Illustrated July 10
1961", containing "World Tennis Crisis" article.
064: "Tim Henman 4 signed colour
action photos", each about 20cm x 25cm.
065: "Tennis Illustrated Magazine"
for June 15th 1935, previewing Wimbledon which was Perry's 2nd win.
066: "Curve", USA
Lesbian magazine edition for July 1999, with leading article on Amelie
067: "Sports Illustrated"
magazine for January 13 1975 with leading article on Bill Tilden by Frank
068: "Budleigh Salterton Open Lawn
Tennis Tournament" programme for 1927.
069: "All England Lawn Tennis Club
Dinner Menu and Seating Plan 1997".
070: "London vs Paris Tennis Match"
at the Queen's Club 1955 programme.
071: "Great Britain vs France"
International Lawn Tennis Club matches at the Queen's Club, programmes
for 1954 and 1955.
072: "International Professional
Indoor Lawn Tennis" at Wembley's Empire Pool, programmes
for 1956 and 1958, incl. Sedgman, Gonzales, Rosewall, Kramer, and Segura.
073: "WD & HO Wills Covered Court
Championships of Great Britain 1969" at Wembley's Empire
Dewar Cup", programmes for what was for the UK one of
the first major "Open" tennis events, involving both the top
men and the top women. Players competing in these programmes include Arthur
Ashe, Stan Smith, Margaret Court, Virginia Wade, Lew Hoad, Ann Jones,
Betty Stove, Frankie Durr, Jaroslav Drobny, Evonne Goolagong, Ion Tiriac,
Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Tom Okker, and many others. The
event was played at several UK venues from October to December. The programmes,
from the Max Robertson collection, are for the following years, with the
different venues in brackets. Available are 1968 (2), 1969 (3), 1970 (3),
1971 (3), 1972 (2), 1973 (1). The collection of 14 editions at £30
TENNIS BOOKS: I have not so far strayed into the Table Tennis book
market, at least not deliberately, as no-one has ever asked me for such
books. But I have acquired 2 items amongst other books and list them here.
075: "The Laws of Ping-Pong and the
Rules of the Ping-Pong Association"; c1900; 16 pp in small
PB. Issued by J. Jaques, makers of sporting goods, this booklet has advertisements
for lawn tennis, and badminton rackets; also offered is a full range of
Table Tennis equipment, such as tables, balls, and battledores. Though
there is no date on the booklet, I have checked the text of the service
rule, which indicates a date of no later than 1902. The paper covers are
detached but present. £50
by Cornelius G. Schaad; 1st USA edition of 1930; 96 pp in small 8vo, no
dw. This book has an introduction by William T. Tilden, who was himself
a very competent table tennis player. This is a well illustrated coaching
and tactics manual, and contains an unusual photo of Bill Tilden in a
dinner jacket about to play the game. £40
"Pancho Segura's Championship Strategy";
1976; 179 pp in 4to PB. Inscribed and signed by the old grey fox! £50
VICTORIAN ERA NEWSPAPER
These are original newspaper sheets, each containing a tennis or croquet
image; ready to be matted, framed and glazed. Image sizes (in cm) include
any accompanying text and newspaper dates. They are almost as accurate
as real photographs.
078: "The Graphic"
Sept 1884; scene of "Some English Lawn-Tennis Players". This
is a posed group shot of 8 prominent players, including J. Hartley, the
Renshaw brothers, the Watson sisters, Hartley, Lawford etc. Image is 22cm
x 17cm. £15
079: "Illustrated London News"
July 1881; "Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Ground, Eastbourne".
This is an aerial view of the courts with a large crowd enjoying a mixed
doubles match. Image is 21cm x 11cm. £15
080: "Illustrated London News"
July 1880; "The Champion Lawn Tennis Match: Mr. Hartley winning the
cup for the second time." A view of the 4th Wimbledon Men's Singles
finalists J.T. Hartley and H.F. Lawford. Image is 23cm x 16cm. £15
081: "Illustrated London News"
August 1883; "Croquet at Highgate". This is a view of a prize
croquet tournament in north London. It is accompanied by descriptive text
naming many well-known players of that period. Image is 24cm x 20cm. £15
082: "Illustrated London News"
July 1870; "The All-England Croquet Club at Wimbledon". This
is an exceptionally early view of the All-England Club, before lawn tennis
started, and croquet was all the vogue. Image is 24cm x 26cm. £30
083: "Harper's Weekly"
September 1885; "Lawn Tennis at Newport" (RI); from the upper
balcony of the Casino. This is a full page scene of a crowd watching a
match. (and photocopy of the accompanying descriptive text). Image is
35cm x 23cm. £30
084: "Once A Week"
June 1890; "Tea and Tennis". This is the entire newspaper of
16 pages; the centre-fold is a magnificent view of the club-house veranda,
tea being taken by the players, others still playing in the background.
Image 51cm x 37cm. £75
Ladies" by Teddy Tinling; 1st edition 1969; 191 pp in
8vo hardboards and dustwrapper. This is a superb study of the great women
tennis players for whom TT was couturier, from Betz to Bueno. With the
book is a 2 page typed letter to Herman David inviting him rather nervously
to the launch of the book . The letter is signed "Teddy T".
086: "The Kid" by
William T Tilden; 1st small PB edition of 1921; 72 pp. This is virtually
Tilden's first book, later published as "Lawn Tennis for Young Players".
The title of this very early coaching book might suggest the way his mind
was working. £75
TENNIS STAMPS AND
Demand and turnover for these philatelic items far exceeded my best expectations,
and replacing sold stock has proved very difficult. These that follow
are highly decorative and priced well within the range of most pockets.
087: "St. Vincent stamp sheets":
Each, with surrounding perforations, contains a block of 20 identical
action shots of these players: Carlene Basset, Pat Cash, Jimmy Connors,
Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Anders Jarryd, Ivan Lendl, Hanna (sic) Mandlikova,
John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Yannick Noah, Gabriela
Sabatini, & Mats Wilander. Each £10
088: "Goran Ivanisevic block of stamps
and signed card", celebrating his 2001 Wimbledon victory,
this is a block of 10 stamps with action shot and accompanying card in
Croat and English. The signature is guaranteed correct and original. £50
ENVELOPES (each item at £10):
089: "Wimbledon Centenary in conjunction
with World Table Tennis Championships" 4 racket sports
stamps franked 12 Jan 1977.
090: "Racket Sports British Post
Office First Day Cover" 4 stamps badminton, squash, table
tennis, lawn tennis; franked 12 Jan 1977.
091: "Lleyton Hewitt World Number
One end of 2001" franked Sydney 19 Nov 2001
092: "Davis Cup Final Australia vs
France" franked 30 Nov 2001
093: "Lleyton Hewitt Wimbledon 2002
Champion" franked Melbourne 8 Jul 2002.
094: "Australian National Tennis
Centre" franked 11 Jan 1988.
095: "Hyundai Hopman Cup"
Czech Republic franked Burswood 4 Jan 2003.
096: "Hyundai Hopman Cup"
United States S. Williams and J Blake, franked Burswood 4 Jan 2003.
097: "San Marino campionati internazionali
di tennis", franked 20 Aug 1990.
098: "Australian Legends"
Laver and Court, 2 stamps for each, franked 24 Jan 2003.
099: "Serena Williams Wimbledon Champion
2002", franked at Wimbledon 6 Jul 2002.
100: "Lleyton Hewitt Wimbledon Champion
2002" franked at Wimbledon 7 Jul 2002.
101: "Tim Henman at Australian Open
2002" franked at Melbourne 21 Jan 2002.
102: "Hazel Wightman",
a postcard celebrating her life in tennis with USA Wightman stamp franked
6 July 1990.
103: "12th Maccabiah Games 1985",
3 sports stamps incl. tennis, franked 16 July 1985.
104: "Central American Games"
air-letter from Guatemala dated 1950 with 4 stamps incl. tennis.
105: "35th All-Japan Softball Tournament"
with tennis stamp, franked 23 November 1968.
ENVELOPES AUTOGRAPHED (all signatures are guaranteed original):
106: "Davis Cup at Wimbledon Great
Britain vs Australia" franked July 1986, signed by Pat
Cash and Neale Fraser at £20.
107: "Lawn Tennis Association Centenary"
franked 22 March 1988, signed by B A Cowan at £15.
108: "Lawn Tennis Association Centenary"
franked 22 March 1888, signed by Andrew Castle at £10.
109: "Racket Sports first day cover",
badminton, squash, table tennis, and lawn tennis, signed by Roger Taylor
110: "Lawn Tennis Association Centenary"
franked 22 March 1988, signed by Greg Rusedski at £15.
111: "New Zealand Health Set 1972"
with 2 stamps each showing a young tennis player, franked NZ 2 Aug 1972,
signed by John McDonald at £15.
112: "Wimbledon Centenary in conjunction
with the World Table Tennis Championships", 4 racket sports
stamps franked 12 Jan 1977, signed by Ann Jones, already a Wimbledon champion
and I believe a Table Tennis champion at £15.
113: "World Philatelic Exhibition"
in Poland, 1993, postcard franked May 1993, signed by Bob Maud and Ken
Fletcher at £20.
114: "Lawn Tennis Association Centenary"
franked 22 March 1988, signed by husband and wife John Barrett and Angela
Mortimer, Wimbledon champion at £20.
115: "Hapoel Games 1979"
held in Israel, with 3 sporting stamps, franked 23 April 1979, signed
by Tom Okker at £20.
116: "World Philatelic Exhibition"
in Poland 1993, postcard with Australian tennis stamp franked May 1993,
signed by Jason Stoltenberg at £15.
117: "World Philatelic Exhibition"
in Poland 1993, envelope with Australian tennis stamp franked May 1993,
signed by Scott Draper at £15.
118: "World Philatelic Exhibition"
in Poland, postcard with Australian tennis stamp, franked May 1993, signed
by Fred Stolle at £15.
119: "Lawn Tennis Association Centenary",
franked 22 March 1988, signed by Martina at £30.
120: "Australian Bicentenary",
4 stamps incl. cricket (no tennis) franked 21 June 1988, signed by Jason
Stoltenberg at £15.
121: "Australian Bicentenary",
this one signed by Roy Emerson at £25.
122: "Royal Mail 1st day cover Sport",
4 sports stamps, one is tennis, franked 22 March 1988, signed by Margaret
Court at £25.
5 British sporting scenes stamps, one is tennis, franked 2 August 1994,
signed by Stefan Edberg at £25.
124: "9 Hungarian racket sports stamps";
various tennis scenes at £15.
125: "St Vincent single stamps",
1 of Carling Basset, Pat Cash, Jimmy Connors, Anne Hobbs, Anders Jarryd,
Gabriela Sabatini, Mats Wilander; The set for £10
126: "Paraguay" stamp
showing Heinz Gunthardt of Switzerland at £5.
127: "Paralympics Sydney 2000",
2 stamps showing tennis and running at £5.
128: "XXVlth Olympiad 1996 Atlanta"
issued by Singapore, 4 sports stamps incl. tennis at £5
129: "MY STORY": Fred
Perry's autobiography written in 1934; 317 pp in large 8vo green boards.
This book was written immediately after his first Wimbledon win, and it
is remarkably forthright, rather like the man himself. He was not feted
by the powers in the tennis world, as he was not from a public school
or university, he was the son of a Labour MP, and he said what he thought.
Subsequently he went out to the USA where he settled down, principally
because he felt undervalued and not appreciated by his own countrymen.
This copy is signed contemporaneously by him and his Davis Cup team mates,
G.P. Hughes, H.W Austin and Harold Lee. The British team had just beaten
the USA to win the 1934 Davis Cup competition. This therefore is a very
special copy of a very rare book, of which, amazingly, I have a second
signed copy offered at item 153. £475
OF DON BUDGE, BOBBY RIGGS, and LES STOEFEN: These were three of the
earliest men's professional touring pro's, who staged competitive exhibition
matches in so many parts of the world, notably the USA and the UK in the
1930's and 1940's. There are 4 black and white photos in this group. Each
is inscribed to "Fred", and although I cannot prove it, there
is in my mind every indication that the recipient was none other than
130: "Les Stoefen";
full length back-hand, inscribed: "To Fred Best Wishes Les";
image is 23cm x 19cm. £45
131: "Don Budge";
full length back-hand, inscribed: "To Fred A really swell guy and
here's looking forward to getting together again soon. Sincerely Don";
image is 19cm x 24cm. £75
132: "Les Stoefen";
full length with Bobby Riggs posing in the background, inscribed; "To
Fred One of the swellest guys to be working with good luck happiness always
Les"; image is 19cm x 23cm. £50
133: "Bobby Riggs";
full length fore-hand, inscribed: "To Fred A great guy with whom
I have had many great times. All the luck in the world to you. Sincerely
Bobby Riggs"; image is 18cm x 23cm.. £75
TWO SPORTS EQUIPMENT
CATALOGUES FROM 1887 and 1937:
134: "Cox & Humphries, Twine
& Net Merchants"; catalogue of products dated Summer
1937; small 8vo 12 pp. This soft covered leaflet lists and illustrates
their range of nets etc for tennis, cricket, hockey, football, badminton,
and the garden. The first 4 pages are about tennis, showing illustrations
and details of lawn tennis nets, posts, lines, boundary netting, net adjusters,
ball nets and line markers. Similar equipment for the other sports is
also shown. Nice condition on blue paper. £15
135: "F.H. Ayres Handicap Lawn Tennis
Series of Equipment"; catalogue dated Season 1887; 8vo
4 pages. This is very early for a lawn tennis catalogue. It is in good
condition, slightly fragile, and its 4 pages illustrate and describe the
"Handicap" racket, tennis ball, net-posts, racket press, and
equipment carrying bag. F.H. Ayres is a foundation name in British tennis.
ELIAS VICTOR "VIC"
SEIXAS celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Wimbledon victory over
Denmark's Kurt Nielsen (9-7 6-3 6-4) during this year's Championships.
He always strolls over to the Press Centre to chat with old friends, and
this year I introduced him to BBC's glamorous Suzie Perry, (she of motor-cycle
Grand Prix fame), who was looking for suitable interviewees. She immediately
sat him down on a bench and recorded a golden 20 minutes worth of strolling
down memory lane. Vic (born 30 Aug 1923) is still the very good-looking
man the women always said he was, as Suzie was quick to agree!
Time Tennis: Tennis for Players over 40" by Vic Seixas
with Joel Cohen; 1st USA edition of 1983; 239 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper.
This is Vic's only tennis book. It is primarily a coaching title for the
not-so-young tennis player, but it is partly biographical; nicely illustrated.
This copy is inscribed and signed by Vic, dated Dec 16 1983. £65
BOOKS OF TENNIS
HUMOUR: Yes, there are some humorous tennis books, though many would
say that there does not appear to be much humour at the top level of tennis.
Tennis humour puts its head over the parapet during the Honda Challenge
at the Royal Albert Hall in December, but I can still recall a man who
came to me angrily after that event to say that he had come a long way
to see what he had expected to be serious tennis. As the young say today:
"Get a life will you!"
137: "The Tennis Lover's Book of
Wisdom: Common Sense and Uncommon Genius from the Game's Greatest Legends"
compiled by Criswell Freeman; 1997; 152pp in small format PB. Here are
mostly "one-liners" packed with irony, pathos, truth, sagacity,
experience etc. There are so many apt maxims here and, at random, I have
chosen a telling saying from Pancho Gonzales, who, it is alleged once
said: "Don't go for the big shot when you don't need it!". Sounds
ok to me! £10
138: "Tennis's Most Wanted"
by Floyd Conner; 2002; 304 pp PB. Here are some 70 lists of colourful
matches, inept players, bizarre nicknames, outrageous outfits, embarrassing
losses, errant shots, terrible tantrums, and all about tennis. £8
139: "The Tennis Player Who Laughed"
by Jack Pollard; 1st edition of 1984; 102 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper.
Pollard, an experienced Australian tennis journo, has put together a very
enjoyable selection of amusing anecdotes. Having just written the piece
about Vic Seixas, I am amused to find a comment about him as follows:
"Vic Seixas, after many years of tough training, has gained control
of a wide variety of basically unsound shots!" Sound like me on the
Real Tennis court! £15
140: "Tennis's Strangest Matches"
by Peter Seddon; 2001, 276 pp in PB. Here is a wide selection of extraordinary
happenings on or near the tennis court, describing odd occurrences of
a most amusing and sometimes incredulous nature. £9
141: "Tennis Ticklers: Tennis Poems
to Make You Laugh!" by Louise T. Arnold; 1st edition of
1994; 71 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper. She has written a number of
what I can only describe as fairly amusing pieces of doggerel; signed
by her. £20
REAL TENNIS ITEMS
including a major collection of trophies:
This is an early warning to say that I hope soon to be able to offer a
catalogue of Real Tennis trophies from a major collection. This might
appeal to private collectors, or to Real Tennis clubs, libraries, museums
and other similar institutions. The collection will probably be for sale
as a whole lot; please let me know as soon as possible if you would like
to be kept in the loop on this.
142: "A Dictionary Catalogue of the
Library of Sports in the Racquet and Tennis Club with Special Collections
on Tennis, Lawn Tennis and Early American Sport"; two
folio volumes, volume 1 A-M of 468 pp; volume 2 N-Z of 472 pp. Published
in 1970 in Boston for the Racquet and Tennis Club in a print run of only
200 sets on durable acid-free paper and in attractive red boards, the
spines gilt decorated. The books are edited by Robert W. Henderson, the
famous Librarian, who has written an introduction. In the introduction,
he writes that at the end of 1970, the Library had 14.300 plus volumes
covering a huge range of sports, though the Library concentrates on books
related to bat-and-ball games. Other less prominent specialities include
athletic and field sports, covering hunting, mountaineering, yachting,
fishing, all types of horsemanship, and early American book on sport,
especially children's books with ball games. Each book in the library
is recorded on a small file card, giving the title, the author, the date
and place of publication, the size, and the sport section under which
it falls. The sheets in the two volumes are thus made up of photocopies
of every book card in the Library, arranged in A-Z order of sport. It
is the largest list of sports book I have ever seen and has already proved
to me an invaluable source of reference. Tennis and other racket sports
take up about 200 pages in volume 2. I feel these books may be attractive
to an institution such as a library. £600
143: "The Annals of Tennis"
by Julian Marshall; 1st edition 1878 in good condition green externally
decorated boards, small 4to. Often referred to as the major English language
title on Real Tennis of the 19th century, Marshall was not only a great
writer but also a great player. This history and technical volume is an
essential part of any good tennis library. £1500
144: "Der Ballmeister",
an original engraving from 1698. See "Tennis: A Cultural History"
by Heiner Gillmeister, page 26. Including the title above and the text
below, this measures 8cm x 13cm. Heiner says that although the German
engraver Christoff Weigel from Regensburg claims to the artist, it is
more likely that he stole the image from the Dutch engraver Casper Luyken.
It is a very handsome scene of jeu de paume or kaatsen. In beautiful condition,
this picture is offered at £600
BOOKS FROM THE
MAX ROBERTSON COLLECTION
ALL DEDICATED TO HIM AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS
I am delighted
to be able to offer these book, as they are mostly what I would describe
as mainstream tennis biographies by world-famous players. Others are by
authors outside tennis, but pre-eminent in their own world and generally
very famous individuals. Each is a first edition in original dustwrapper
and in very good condition, unless described otherwise. All contain, at
the inside of the front board, Max's very distinctive book-plate, showing
sporting and other scenes from his long life. An order for the whole collection
will receive preference over single orders and will be suitably discounted.
145: "Bud Collins' Modern Encyclopedia
of Tennis" edited by Bud Collins; 3rd edition of 1994
in large format PB. It is inscribed: "For Max When I think of the
VOICE and character of Wimbledon I think of you. Cheers, old friend. Bud
Collins 27-6-96". This is an excellent tennis reference work from
one of the most loquacious tennis correspondents. (Sorry Bud!) £25
146: "Budge on Tennis"
by J. Donald Budge; reprinted edition of 1951. Inscribed: "To Max
Robertson, My very best wishes & keep swinging. Don Budge June 27
1990 Wimbledon." The dustwrapper is somewhat scrappy at the edges
and spine. £125
147: "Education of a Tennis Player
(The)" by Rod Laver and Bud Collins; 1971. Inscribed:
"For Max, I have always enjoyed your commentary on radio & a
great pleasure seeing you at Wimbledon. Your friend, Rod Laver. 6-28-89".
148: "Game (The)"
by Jack Kramer; 1979. Inscribed: ""Dear Max Hope your wonderfull
(sic) book sells better than this one. all best luck always Jack Kramer".
I saw Jack's son and grandson at Wimbledon this year. Jack seems reasonably
149: "Game, Set and Deadline"
by Rex Bellamy; 1986. Inscribed: "For Max, who saw it all, and more.
With best wishes, Rex B." Rex was of course the world-famous tennis
correspondent for The Times until about 10 years ago. £20
150: "Handful of Summers (A)"
by Gordon Forbes; 1978. Inscribed: "For Liz! With more than a handful
of admiration! (and love to Max!) Gordon". Liz is Elizabeth Beresford,
Max's wife and authoress of "The Wombles" series of books. £35
151: "Lloyd on Lloyd"
by Chris and John Lloyd, with Carol Thatcher; 1985. Inscribed: "To
Max, Thanks for the cricket education! Chris Lloyd". Also inscribed:
"and your friendship John Lloyd". Also signed: "Carol Thatcher".
152: "My Game" by
Lew Hoad; 1958. With tipped-in slip: "To Max Hope you enjoy the book.
Lew Hoad". £65
153: "My Story" by
Fred Perry; 1st edition of 1934.. This is the very rare Perry title, and
it is inscribed: "To Max with appreciation for a friendship that
has lasted as long as this book. Fred Perry". No dustwrapper; book
slightly marked. £325
154: "Rosewall Twenty Years at the
Top" by Ken Rosewall & Peter Rowley; 1976. Inscribed:
"To Max Thanks for all your great comments
.it kept me coming
back for more! always great to see you. Ken Rosewall 5th July 89."
The following non-tennis titles are all inscribed and signed by their
authors to Max Robertson. I will supply fuller descriptions and prices
on request: "The Kandahar Story" by Sir Arthur Lunn 1969; "Within
Whicker's World" by Alan Whicker 1982; "Get to Your Marks"
by Ross & Norris McWhirter 1951; "Murder in Melbourne" by
Dulcie Gray 1958; "Forever England" by Mike Read 1997; "Solo"
by Jack Higgins 1980; "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat
1953 10th edition no dw; "The Colditz Story" by Pat Reid 1952
no dw; "Reach for the Sky" by Douglas Bader 1954.
CANNES TENNIS CLUB": This is the guest/visitor book, dated
1924, broad 8vo; leather boards gilt decorated. This is an amazing 1920's
autograph book, which I assume was used as a signing-in book for members
and visitors. It contains a large number of signatures starting from March
1924 through to 1947. Mention is made on the title page of "The Cottage",
but so far I have been unable to establish the significance of this. Can
anyone tell me what "The Cottage" is/was? Many of the ornately
hand-written signatures mean little to me, though I am sure they are mostly
wealthy socialites, who frequented the Riviera for tennis during the season.
Signatures that certainly are recognisable and desirable include "Suzanne
Lenglen 1924", on a page by herself and a stunning strong signature
it is. "Sophie Wavertree", the well-known society hostess. "Phyllis
Satterthwaite", British tennis player. "JM Hillyard". "Diddie
Vlasto 3 April 1924", Suzanne's doubles partner and lover (?). "Regine
Vlasto", Diddie's mother. "Tallulah" Bankhead, American
actress. "Max Decugis", French tennis player. "Poppy Baring",
mistress of Edward Prince of Wales. "Rosa Lewis", owner of the
infamous Cavendish Hotel in Jermyn Street, London. "Suzanne Lenglen
13-1-25" with "Claude Anet 13.1.25" and "Leila Claude
Anet 20-3-30", the significance of this page is that Claude Anet
wrote the only French language contemporary biography of Suzanne, 320
copies only, published in 1927. "Jean Borotra 21-3-28", a great
French tennis player. "Most sincerely Laddie Clliff 20/4/25",
American film star. "Helen Wills, California", it seems that
this was signed before she married Mr Moody, and presumably she was in
Cannes for the great match against Suzanne; she was insufficiently confident
that she felt it necessary to add "California" to her signature
in case people did not know from where she came. "Milford-Haven",
the Marquess of. "George, March 28 1927", this is a royal signature
and I believe it to be Prince George of Kent. "Elsa Maxwell June
12th 1924", American actress. "E. Phillip Oppenheim May 24th",
South African diamond magnate. There are many other signatures I have
not recognised; this therefore offers opportunities for anyone with a
greater knowledge of this period. £1500
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