A LOVELY TENNIS
OIL PAINTING; NEW BECKER, NASTASE & CONNORS BIOGRAPHIES
Here in the UK, we are approaching our peak few weeks of the 2004 tennis
season, with all the usual keen anticipation for Wimbledon. As usual,
The Tennis Bookshop will be on parade at Queen's Club and then at Eastbourne,
where I will be offering for sale an even greater number of tennis titles
than ever, titles for all levels of expenditure, from the rarest to the
most recent publications, all very keenly priced!
*** The Mullock Madeley auction on 3rd June will consist of the bulk of
Lionel Bradford's huge collection of tennis memorabilia, which he and
Pat spent so many years building. Following Lionel's death in 2002, Pat
has decided that much of the collection must be dispersed, so there may
be many good buying opportunities for keen tennis collectors.
*** The Sotheby's Olympia auction on 9th June will contain a number of
personal items consigned by Christine Truman, Wimbledon finalist in 1961.
*** I was delighted to read recently of the engagement to be married between
Penny Perry, FJP's lovely daughter, and Drew Evert, Chris Evert's elder
brother. Definitely the coming together of two great tennis dynasties!
*** It is good news to hear that Stella Artois have extended their sponsorship
at The Queen's Club until 2009.
*** I read somewhere that Greg Rusedski might be writing a detailed account
of his recent brush with the drugs tsars.
*** But I also hear that the plans for a book on Vitas Gerulaitis have
been abandoned, which is a pity.
*** As I am at Queen's, Eastbourne and Wimbledon from 5th June to 5th
July, I will not be attending to e-mails, book orders and general correspondence,
but I hope to be back fully on-line etc by about 10th July.
(born 20th Feb 1938; died 26th Apr 2004). JP was the much respected lawn
tennis correspondent of The Daily Telegraph. He did not enjoy good health,
owing to a variety of daunting medical problems, but he never complained
and was always cheerful. It has been both a privilege and a pleasure for
me to have known JP since the early 1970's; I enjoyed many phone conversations
with him through the winter on a wide variety of tennis topics. As he
was the senior British tennis correspondent at Wimbledon, we worked very
closely throughout the Championships over seating of tennis journalists
on Centre Court. His tennis knowledge was encyclopaedic, and his writing
was honoured by many international awards.
This month, the number of client e-mail addresses on my huge list has
for the first time passed the number of client mailing addresses. Following
the mailing of newsletters, there is now a clear majority of e-mailed
orders over mailed orders. And of course phoned orders also outnumber
mailed orders. This is the way of the world today. I await my first cell-phone
SHOWER", an oil painting on wood panel, originally by Edith Hayllar
I generally stick to the printed world as far as tennis is concerned,
but this painting fell into my hands and I could not resist it. This is
a marvellous copy of original oil painted by Edith Hayllar entitled "A
Summer Shower". The painting's first exhibition date is at the Royal
Academy (London) in 1883. The scene shows the interior of a Victorian
house, possibly the hallway with doors out into the garden, where presumably
the tennis court is situated. Just now it is raining, so the young are
in the hallway chatting and drinking lemonade. They are dressed in their
tennis clothes, and tennis rackets and balls are lying about, while waiting
for the rain to stop. The original oil measures 53.4cm x 44.2cm and was
auctioned at Christie's as part of The Forbes Collection on 20th February
2003. With a presale estimate of £150,000 to £200,000, the
hammer price (to Andrew Lloyd-Webber) was £320,000. I have available
a lovely copy, executed in oil on board, measuring 74cm x 100 cm or 2
feet 5 inches by 3 feet 3 inches. This is much larger than the original
but it has lost none of its charm. There is a couple of minor differences
from the original, but this much larger version is a most imposing painting,
and needs a large room or hallway with a high ceiling. I can email or
mail a photograph of the painting to serious enquirers.
THE NEW ILIE NASTASE
you can order a signed copy now!
001: "Mr Nastase:
Talented, Tempestuous and Totally Outrageous" by Ilie
Nastase with Debbie Beckerman; HB in DW. Due out in June, here is the
book which looks closely into the soul of one of the most gifted tennis
players of the last 50 years. His Wimbledon final with Stan Smith will
stand out in many people's memories, but there is much more to Ilie than
just tennis, which he still plays so well. I will not be able to deliver
copies by mail until after my return from Wimbledon (i.e. after July 6th).
But Ilie will be signing at Eastbourne, so let me know if you want a personal
dedication. Generally speaking Ilie is very good at signings, so the chances
appear good. My price signed or unsigned will be £18/$30
THE NEW BORIS BECKER
you can try to order a signed copy now!
002: "The Player"
by Boris Becker; 329 pages. This new book is in fact a translation from
the original German edition published a year or so ago. It is a complete
record of his life and tennis career, but it continues after the end of
his tennis career and deals quite extensively with his marriage, the break-up
and the notorious "broom cupboard" affair. The book is described
as a "no-holds barred autobiography". The book will be launched
during the Stella Artois and I will be stocking it then. I will do my
best to obtain some signed copies for sale after Wimbledon and you are
invited to order a signed copy now. I am not filled with over-whelming
confidence that I will get signed copies, but signed or unsigned, the
price is £18/$30
THE NEW JIMMY CONNORS
BIOGRAPHY: My friend Joel Drucker, a well-known American tennis journalist,
has told me that he has recently completed a new book to be called "Jimmy
Connors Saved My Life". The book is due out in August. I once asked
JC in Antwerp if he planned a life story, to which he replied that everything
he wanted us to know was already in the public domain, anything else was
his business and nobody else's! I have always thought that a definitive
biography on Connors was needed, and now here it is. Reading the pre-publicity,
it would seem this is not so much an authorised biography, rather it is
about one astute tennis observer's twenty years relationship with Connors
and his observations taken from previous interviews and articles. Joel
was closely involved with Connors in the 1980's and the experience has
clearly left its mark. I hope to be able to offer copies of this new book
in my September newsletter.
TENNIS BIBLIOGRAPHY 1874-2000
compiled by Frank Phelps (in PA) and Gordy Sabine (in CA); 377 pages in
large format 4to, no DW issued. At last this magnum opus has arrived,
and I am delighted to have my own copy on the shelf. All serious collectors
of tennis books will want a copy as soon as possible, as it is an amazing
source of information. It lists over 3200 English language books, booklets
and pamphlets. The five chapters list the books in A-Z order of author,
category of book (i.e. biography, history etc.), and A-Z order of title,
and year of publication. The final chapter has a selective list of magazines
and annuals. Frank and Gordy are to be congratulated on a wonderful job.
AND RECENTLY PUBLISHED TITLES
Player Guide 2004": ATP and WTA have combined their player
guides into one large paperback volume of some 800 pages. Demand has already
been strong. Post included cost is: UK/Europe £30/$50; World-wide
John McEnroe" by Tim Adams; 2003; 144 pp in small format.
This is a quirky, alternative view of McEnroe, concentrating more on what
is in his brain and how it dictates his thoughts, words and actions. £10/$18
of Tennis Rackets, Supplement to 2003"; 92 pages in large
format paperback. This update to Kuebler's massive original work quickly
sold out, and has just been reprinted. The new stock is here from Germany
and the new price is £30/$50
Lady of Tennis: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman" by Tom Carter;
2001; 217 pp in paperback. Here is one I did not spot earlier but several
copies are available. This is a charming book about a lady who was not
only a fine tennis player, but whose name is now that of tennis immortal
with The Wightman Cup. She won two Olympic gold medals at tennis, and
was a very successful doubles partner of Helen Wills. £15/$25
of Tennis (The)" compiled by Ossian Shine; 2003; 160 pp
in paperback. This is an A-Z of every term used in the game (and many
I did not know) with a full explanation of the meaning of each word and
term. This book is an education for all tennis players. £10/$18
009: "My Life
with Lew" by Jenny Hoad & Jack Pollard; 2002; 228
pp in large PB. The tennis Adonis from Australia who won Wimbledon in
1956 and 1957. This book concentrates more on his life after tennis mostly
in Spain at the tennis ranch. £15/$25
Life on and off the court" by John Newcombe with Larry
Writer; 2002; 270 pp in large PB. Newk was one of the greatest players
of the 1960's and 1970's. He was also a great Wimbledon champion and servant
to Australian tennis. £15/$25
XXXVl" by Eugene L Scott; 2004; 160 pp in large format
hardboards and dustwrapper. Here is Gene's annual account of the US Open,
with feature articles from many great tennis writers, illustrated with
black and white photographs of the action. £25/$40
by James Kaplan; 2003; 346 pp. This is the recent autobiography of the
great John McEnroe wherein he recounts in quite forthright manner how
the many contentious occurrences were from his point of view. He does
not hold back on his personal opinions on his fellow players. This book
is currently available in hardboards and dustwrapper at £15/$25
and in paperback at £5/$8
(The)" by Spencer Vignes; 2003; 268 pp in paperback. As
John Inverdale said: "A sideways, exuberant and perceptive journey
through the underachieving world that is English tennis." A trifle
unfair I think but very amusing as Vignes takes his racket across England.
Strangest Matches: Extraordinary but true stories from over a century
of tennis" compiled by Peter Seddon; 276 pp in paperback.
A very entertaining compilation of quirky tennis tales, which strain the
credibility barrier! £8/$15
Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia" by Bud Collins;
2003; 938 pp in large format hardboards and dustwrapper. This is the fourth
edition of Bud's feast of tennis facts and figures. It's a fantastic source
for all tennis fans, and a must for all pub quiz addicts. £30/$50
TENNIS CLUB was formed in Dublin in November 1877 as the Dublin Lawn
Tennis Club. After leasing some ground in Upper Pembroke Street, just
off Fitzwilliam Square, it was decided a few weeks later to change to
name of the club to Fitzwilliam. It became the home of Irish lawn tennis,
and in 1879 the first national championships were played there. As far
as I know, two histories have been published.
First Fifty 1877 to 1927: Half a Century of Irish Lawn Tennis"
by J.J. Tracey; 54 pp in large magazine format. I have never seen an original
edition of this book, but this is a photocopied facsimile, very well prepared.
It is illustrated with black and white photographs, has biographies of
leading lights at the club, and describes many famous matches played there
up to 1927. £30/$45
017: "The Fitzwilliam
Story 1877-1977" by Ulick O'Connor; 92 pp in large format
hardboards. This book brings the story upto date as far as 1977, recounting
the story in 016 above, but with many new and fascinating anecdotes. It
is printed on light cream paper with brown ink, similarly to the newsletters
from The Tennis Bookshop. This copy is signed by the club secretary. £30/$45
A VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPH
ALBUM WITH EARLY TENNIS SCENES AT HASLEMERE IN SURREY
018: This lovely old photograph album
contains nineteen original black and white photographs (15cm x 12cm) from
the 1880's. Some are captioned and these indicate that they were taken
in or around Haslemere in Surrey, England. In checking with the Haslemere
historical society, I have found that several of these are already in
their archive. The result of that research is that I can now identify
the location and the people shown in about half the photographs, which
adds greatly to their interest. Of the nineteen photographs, eleven have
a tennis content in that the people shown are carrying old tennis rackets,
or there is a court in the background, or rackets are shown lying on the
ground. The earliest caption date is Aug 2 1880, and the latest is 1888.
Other rural scenes are shown. I have added to this album the details obtained
from the Haslemere historical society, and a map of the area wherein can
be seen the location of the house. £200/$350
(Frederick William) HOYLES: born 1st October 1923, died 25th March
2004. Fred was the well respected Wimbledon Referee from 1976 to 1982,
having taken over from the ebullient Mike Gibson. Fred was always quietly
firm, anxious to keep in the background, but as Alan Mills will tell you,
that is not always possible, as Fred found out during the early McEnroe
period. It was in 1981 that their famous "pits of the world"
confrontation took place in a 1st-round match against Tom Gullikson. McEnroe
then used a four letter word to "Fearless Fred", who fined him
£750. Fred told me several years ago that he was planning a book
about his time as Wimbledon Referee, but I heard no more.
FAREWELL ERIC WILLIAM
STURGESS: born 10th May 1920, died 14th January 2004. Sturgess was
one of the great post 2nd World War tennis players from South Africa,
known as a most elegant stylist, reminiscent of players from an earlier
era. He never won a Grand Slam singles title, but he did win the Mixed
Doubles at Wimbledon in 1949 and 1950, and was runner-up with Jaroslav
Drobny in the 1951 Wimbledon Men's Doubles.
FARWELL SIR PETER
USTINOV: died April 2004. Ustinov was a dedicated Wimbledon fan, and
many was the time that I saw him wandering the corridors. He was very
knowledgeable about the game. Many years ago I went into the Players'
Restaurant for a cup of tea and a bun, when I saw him sitting on his own.
I asked if I could sit with him, whereupon he looked round the room in
that rather imperious manner and said: "Dear boy, if I am the highest
form of humanity present, then you are very welcome." It was an enchanting
twenty minutes in which he did not draw breath and I, uncharacteristically,
DIARY DATES FOR
Jun 03 Thursday: Mullock Madeley tennis auction at Ludlow, Shropshire.
Jun 07 to Jun 13: Stella Artois Men's Championships at The Queen's
Club, Barons Court, London.
Jun 09 Wednesday: Sotheby's Olympia tennis auction.
Jun 14 to Jun 19: Hastings Direct International Championships (Ladies)
at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.
Jun 21 to Jul 04: The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis
& Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Jun 22 Tuesday: Christie's South Kensington tennis auction at their
Old Brompton Road saleroom, London.
Nov 30 to Dec 05: The Champions Tour Masters at the Royal Albert
I had the thrill of attending the UK leg of the World Singles eliminator
match at Seacourt on 22nd March between Petworth's Chris Bray and Tim
Chisholm from the Racquet & Tennis Club (NY). An enthralled audience
watched Chisholm get the upper hand in 3 long and closely fought sets
6/5 6/4 6/3. As I said in my internet report for www.irtpa.com,
Chisholm's relentless forcing for the dedans was the deciding factor.
Indeed so hard was Chisholm's forcing, that on two occasions, the ball
rebounded so far back into the court that it landed into the hazard side
without touching in the service side, although on one of those occasions,
the ball actually rolled down the side penthouse gallery roof to fall
off around hazard the door.
REAL TENNIS BOOKS
SUR LA CONNAISSANCE DE LA ROYAL JEU DE PAUME" by de Manivieux.
I mentioned the facsimile reprint due out in the Spring in a de luxe edition
of about 50 copies (c£200/$350), and a standard edition of about
250 copies (c£75/$130). Mike Garnett has informed me that the text
and setting are complete but that publication has been put back to the
summer, as he is still seeking confirmation on several points, which can
only be cleared up satisfactorily by a short trip to France. The print
run will be specific to pre-orders. It may still be possible to get a
de luxe edition; most of the standard editions are sold, so if you have
not already ordered a copy, please don't delay.
TRATTATO DEL GIUOCO
DELLA PALLA by Antonio Scaino da Salo; 1st edition of 1555. I said
in Newsletter 54 that Christie's were due to auction a copy of this oldest
of books on tennis. I made a special trip to inspect their copy. It was
quite the best copy I have seen of some ten copies traded in seventeen
years. Not only was it in superb condition, but also its six wood engravings
were presented as fold-outs, rather than bound-in at the gutter. I had
not seen this before in a Scaino. It also had a lovely book-plate from
the Library of the Princes of Lichtenstein. The estimate was £4000/$6500
to £6000/$11100. I suggested that a buyer should expect to pay well
over £10000/$18500. And so it proved, as the hammer fell at £16000/$29600,
plus about 19% buyer's commission. And it was bought by a dealer on commission
for a client.
"Ball, Bat and Bishop: The origin of
ball games" by Robert W. Henderson; 1st edition of 1947;
220 pp in hard boards, no dw. Besides the normal and well-known ball sports,
he covers also stoolball, bridal ball (!), hurling, and knappan and shinty.
Somehow he manages to show how all these games, and the more common games
of tennis, football etc came into being and that most of them are still
being played today, even if only in small local pockets of population;
it is well illustrated also. £50/$85
et Aliquot Nummi Antiqui Operis" by Johannes Sambucus;
facsimile edition of 2002 of the 2nd edition of 1566; 293 pp in small
format hardboards. As in item 026 below, the Perriere, this is a 16th
century Emblem book. Emblem Books in the 16th century were rather like
today's holiday postcards. Travellers drew scenes they saw in the various
towns and cities they visited and composed a suitable text or verse about
it. There is a particularly fine scene of tennis-play in this edition.
des rois, roi des jeux: Le Jeu de paume en France" by
Yves Carlier and Thierry Bernard-Tambour; 2001; 181 pp in paperback. This
superb book is mostly a catalogue of artefacts exhibited at the recent
re-opening of the old court at Fontainebleau. The book is very well researched
and beautifully illustrated with prints, maps, drawings etc. £30/$45
Game (The)" by Allison Danzig; 1st USA edition of 1931;
283 pp in small 8vo; no DW; includes the large fold-out photograph at
page 52. This is a very important book in the bibliography of American
rackets sports, with emphasis on Court Tennis, Racquets, Squash-Tennis
and Squash-Racquets. It recounts the history of these games in the USA
from inception, the great clubs, the exciting matches and the leading
personalities. He was a very astute observer of racket sports. This copy
in nice condition is offered at quite a low price of £75/$130
et Jeux d'Exercice (Les)" by J.J. Jusserand; 3rd edition
of 1901; 474 pp in paperback. This is one of the great French language
books on sport through the ages. Besides jousting tournaments and swordplay/duelling,
there is also a good section of some 70 pages on games of paume. It is
well illustrated with old engravings and prints. This copy is largely
still uncut which always presents an owner with a dilemma. Personally
I think the pages should be cut so the book can be read. £175/$300
Hockey, Paumes, Balles, et Boules" by Decugis, Crivelli,
de Fleurac etc; 1980 reprint of the 1913 edition; 375 pp in paperback.
Another French language book on ball sports, this one has substantial
sections on Lawn Tennis, Hockey, Cricket, Baseball, Basket-Ball, Longue
Paume, Courte Paume, Croquet, and Paume Basque. It is illustrated with
diagrams and rather quaint action photos. £60/$100
des Bons Engins (Le)" by Guillaume de la Perriere; 214
pp in HB 8vo. I sold the 1978 facsimile edition of this 16th century emblem
book, but failed to make a note of two other buyers who came for it. Looking
through the book more carefully this time, I find there are in fact two
tennis emblem pictures. Here is another copy at the original price of
AN EARLY KAATSEN
BOOK, A VERY OLD DUTCH BALL-GAME, ONCE TRIALED IN THE OLYMPICS
027: "Het Kaatsspel:
Verklaard en van Teekeningen voorzien" by B S Hylkema;
1st Dutch edition of 1892; 16 pages in original red cloth boards, richly
decorated with ornate black scrolling and gilt tile. This exceptional
little book includes three full pages of court diagrams. Fives Ball Play
is described with the rules of play, how to score etc. This very old game
is still played in the Netherlands and it is alleged started in Egypt
centuries before. I believe Kaatsen was a trial sport in the Amsterdam
Olympics in 1912. £165/$290
REAL TENNIS ENGRAVINGS
M Baerlein" tobacco card from series "The World of
Sport" by Lambert & Butler; full length photocard. £15/$25
029: "The Racquet
Club, New York" drawn by H.D. Nichols and published in
Harper's Weekly on February 18th 1893. This engraved series of views is
framed and glazed. It depicts an original full page from the newspaper
showing several internal views of the club, including Tennis-Court, Sparring-Room,
Gymnasium, Lounging-Room, Main Stairway, Racquet-Court, and a Portion
of the Billiard-Room. The image size is 25cm by 38cm and overall (including
the wooden frame) it measures 32cm by 46cm. £250/$425
Club Tennis Court"; a view from mid-court in the service
side looking at the hazard end. This is one of an edition of 200 copies,
each signed by the artist Mario Stasolla. The image measures 53cm x 38cm.
This item, on art quality card and ready for framing and glazing, is a
very detailed black and white drawing, and is a rare view of a nice old
tennis court. £150/$250
Park NY, showing the Indoor Tennis Building". A coloured
postcard (lacking a slender portion at one edge) showing the front exterior
view of the old Tuxedo Park Court Tennis court. £15/$25
Court & Border". Black & white postcard with the
exterior of the Royal Tennis Court (Hampton Court). £15/$25
beim Ballschlagen"; no 9 in a series of sports cards from
Germany; showing a highly coloured scene of play on a rudimentary Real
Tennis court from the period 1550-1610. The galleries are full of enthusiastic
034: "Le jeu
de paume a Franeker"; an original engraving, c1880, (probably
later hand-coloured) showing an energetic game of hand-ball or possibly
Kaatsen, being played in the town of Franeker, close to the border of
Belgium and Holland. Image measures 15cm x 12cm. £75/$130
035: "Le Serment
du Jeu de Paume" after Jacques-Louis David; an original
engraving c1790, (24cm x 16cm) showing the Deputies on the Versailles
court on 20th June 1789. (See "Jeu des Rois, Roi des Jeux" page
162). This is the famous and definitive version, showing a crowded court
from the dedans, the side galleries partly visible, with a basket of balls
and a racket on the floor. £100/$175
***see also item 148***
PLAYER AUTOGRAPHS: I guarantee all these autographs are correct,
original and genuine; any may be returned for a full refund should you
have any doubts.
Hewitt" on Wimbledon Daily Order of Play card for Friday
5th July 2002 £50/$85;
"Francis X Shields"
on white card dated 5/7/74 £40/$70;
Sangster" (come on
this is very rare!) on white card
dated 5th April 1980 £40/$70;
Hunter" and "Frank Hunter"
on white card dated January 4th 1980 £40/$70;
040: "Rod Laver"
on stamped envelope USTA Flushing Meadow dated Sep 2 1994 £35/$60;
Jean King" on white card £25/$35;
Borg" on a first day cover of UK racket Sports stamps
dated 12 Jan 1977 £40/$70;
Austin" on stamped envelope Celebration of Women in Sport
Hart" on stamped envelope Father's Day Festival June 15
(Navratilova) on white card £25/$40;
(Navratilova) and "Bjorn Borg"
together on stamped envelope for British Post Office Rackets Sports dated
12 Jan 1977 £60/$100;
Mandlikova" on white card £20/$35;
048: "Don P
Turnbull" (Australia) on white card 1934 £25/$40;
Grant Jr" on white card £25/$40;
Quist" (Australia) on white card £25/$40;
051: "H W Austin"
on white card £25/$40;
Borotra" on white card dated Dec 1969 £50/$90;
many thanks for your kind message J Borotra" written on
his personal business card as from Paris £100/$175;
054: "Pam Shriver"
on colour photo £20/$35;
Vilas" on colour photo £30/$50;
Gimeno" on colour photo £25/$40;
057: "Ken Fletcher"
on stamped envelope for Polska '93 World Philatelic Exhibition dated May
058: "Guy Forget"
on stamped envelope for Roland Garros 1928-1978 £20/$35;
059: "Ann Jones"
on stamped envelope for Wimbledon Centenary dated 12 Jan 1977 £15/$25;
060: "Guy Forget"
on stamped envelope for Wimbledon Centenary dated 12 Jan 1977 £20/$35;
Castle" on stamped envelope for Lawn Tennis Association
Centenary dated 22 March 1988 £10/$15;
Cowan" on stamped envelope for Lawn Tennis Association
Centenary dated 22 March 1988 £20/$35;
Draper" on stamped envelope for Polska '93 World Philatelic
064: "Guy Forget"
on First Day Sheet for Belgian stamps, 2 cycling and 2 tennis dated 21-01-2002
Heston" on large colour photo (?? as Ben Hur) £30/$50;
Heston" on large black and white photo (?? as El Cid)
Segura" on stamped envelope for Great Sporting Events
dated 5th July 1998 £40/$70;
Rusedski" on large colour action photo £15/$25;
069: "To Fred
Best Wishes Les" (Stoefen) on large black and white photo
Stoltenberg" on stamped envelope for Australian Bicentenary
dated 21 Jun 1988 £20/$35;
Noah" on large colour photo £25/$40;
Leconte" on montage of 4 colour action photos £25/$40;
Leconte, Guy Forget, Yannick Noah" on large sheet depicting
ATP Senior Tour stamps £50/$85;
074: "Tim Henman"
on coloured postcard £20/$35.
CHAMPIONS' DINNER MENU Lundi 2 Juin 1980:
Held after the French Open, this French menu is signed by Don Budge, (Grand
Slam winner in 1938), Mariana Simonescu (Mrs Bjorn Borg), Raul Vivier,
Lew Hoad (Wimbledon Champion 1956/1957), Harry Hopman (famous Australian
Coach), Mike Davies (former top GB player), Lennart Bergelin (Borg's coach),
Barbara Jordan (famous for shirt change on court!), and Henri Cochet (French
Musketeer and Wimbledon champion 1927 & 1929). These are perfect signatures
Sporting Personalities" 3 stamps showing jockey, cricketer
and the famous tennis player Norman Brookes £5/$8;
Paralympics 2000" 2 stamps showing tennis and running
one each of new stamps showing Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters £5/$8;
079: "San Marino"
for ATP Tour 1997 £10/$15;
Olympics 1996" unused block of 9 stamps from Dominica
showing nine sports including Steffi Graf playing tennis £20/$35;
Capex '87" single stamp showing tennis £10/$15;
of St. Vincent" sheets of 20 stamps each, each sheet showing
action shots from Virginia Wade. Wendy Turnbull, Ivan Lendl, Billie Jean
King, Anders Jarryd, Pam Shriver, Yannick Noah, Carling Basset, Ilie Nastase,
Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Anne Hobbs, Jimmy Connors.
Each sheet at £10/$15;
stamp showing action shot of Heinz Gunthardt £5/$8;
Racket Sports" 4 stamps showing tennis, table tennis,
squash, and badminton, issued in 1977 £5/$8.
FRANKED AND STAMPED ENVELOPES: Each of these special envelopes is
offered at £10/$15
Racket Sports" 4 stamps as in 083 above franked 12 Jan
Cup 2004" showing Amelie Mauresmo and Fabrice Santero
Cup final Australia v France" franked 30 Nov 2001;
Hewitt Wimbledon 2002 Champion" franked 8 Jul 2002;
Sports" stamps showing 5 sports including tennis franked
17 August 2000;
Open 2003" showing Martina Navratilova franked 26 Jan
National Tennis Centre" franked 11 Jan 1988;
Legends" with 4 stamps for Margaret Court and Rod Laver
franked 24 January 2003;
Cup 2003" showing Serena Williams and James Blake for
the USA franked 4 Jan 2003;
Mens Single Final 2003" showing Roger Federer franked
6 Jul 2003;
Gentlemens Champion 2003" showing Roger Federer franked
6th July 2003;
Womens Single Final 2003" showing Serena Williams franked
5 Jul 2003;
Open 2002" showing Tim Henman franked 21 Jan 2002;
Games 1979" (Israel) with 3 stamps of which one shows
tennis franked 23-4-79;
Hewitt 2001 Year End World #1" showing Hewitt wrapped
in Australian flag franked 19 Nov 2001;
Open 2003" showing James Black franked 20 Jan 2003;
Open 2003" showing Lleyton Hewitt franked 20 Jan 2003.
Navratilova" Czech stadion player card £5/$8;
Tennant" in period costume for Paramount Picture "Emperor
Waltz" showing her full length on tennis court £10/$15;
McEnroe and Fred Perry" in the Wimbledon changing room,
colour photo of McEnroe putting on his All England Club tie approx 1981
Cup Programme" Great Britain vs Czechoslovakia 14/17 May
1949 at Wimbledon £15/$25;
Professional Indoor Lawn Tennis" programme USA vs Australia
26/29 September 1956 at Empire Pool, Wembley (Gonzales, Mottram, Sedgman,
Segura, Trabert etc.) £10/$15;
Professional Indoor Lawn Tennis" programme Empire Pool,
Wembley 22/27 September 1958 (Gonzales, Hoad, Kramer, Rosewall, Segura,
Sedgman etc.) £15/$25;
Cup" programmes 11/12 June 1948 (du Pont, Brough, Todd,
Hart etc.), 13/14 June 1952 (Hart, Connolly, Fry, Brough, etc.), 16/17
June 1972 (Evert, Wade, Hogan, etc.) each £10/$15;
Beer Mug mats", 5 perfect examples each showing Martina
Navratilova, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Chris Evert-Lloyd, Jimmy Connors,
the set of 5 for £25/$40.
109: Match cards for 2 matches between the International Club (GB)
and the IC of France 1954 & 1955; and one match between London and
Paris 1955, all at The Queen's Club, each at £10/$15;
110: Ogden's Tobacco Card showing "W. Baddeley" in the
Guinea Gold photographic series c1900" at £15/$25;
journalist passes" for 1949, 1950, 1951, each at £10/$15;
Navratilova" six different player cards of her at £30/$35
These programmes are complete, some with results neatly hand-written;
a little worn.
113: 26th June 1933; 114: 29th June 1935; 115: 22nd
June 1936; 116: 29th June 1939. Each at £35/$60
117: 4th July 1925; Men's Final day on which Lacoste beats Borotra
by 3 sets to 1. This is an early edition in very nice condition. £125/$220
SOME RECENT ACQUISITIONS
Kournikova" by Amanda Mawrence; 2001; 48 pages in large
magazine format. Profusely illustrated, this is a fan orientated book
on a player who has a huge following but who does not seem able to produce
the goods, at least on court! £15/$25
119: "Bad Boy
of Tennis (The)" by Bob Hewitt and Rory Brown; 1974; 139
pp in hardboards & dustwrapper. Only occasionally available from South
Africa, this is the story of one of the best doubles players of the last
50 years. He was also quite a volatile man, especially afterwards in the
changing room! This copy is ex-lib but otherwise quite a good copy of
a rare title. £25/$40
des mousquetaires (La)" by Gilles Lambert; 1982; 222 pages
in paperback. Written in French, this is a good study of those four great
French tennis players, Borotra, Brugnon, Cochet, and Lacoste, how they
dominated both French and world tennis in the 1920's culminating in exceptional
Davis Cup matches against the USA. They accounted for six Wimbledon singles
titles in the 1920's and French domination of the tennis world was completed
by the incomparable Suzanne Lenglen who took the Wimbledon singles title
six times. £20/$35
Lawn Tennis Annual and Compendium 1933" edited by Sir
F. Gordon Lowe; 546 pp in hardboards. I have always much admired this
short run of tennis annuals, most of all for the "Who's Who in Tennis"
section, as it usually gave the players' home phone numbers! Can you imagine
that today? This copy is, as is often the case, missing the spine covering.
Navratilova: The tennis star who chose freedom" by Edward
Dolan etc.; 1977; 81 pp in hard pictorial boards. I believe this is the
earliest book on Martina (who returns once more to Eastbourne this year).
This rare book shows a somewhat chubby young lady, or is that MN heresy?
I will be told in due course. This copy is ex-lib and published solely
for the USA university library circuit, i.e. not for public sale. £40/$70
Shoes" by Noel Streatfield; 1st American edition of 1938;
290 pp. This is the first time I have had a copy of the first American
edition of this most charming of English tennis stories. It describes
the summer holidays of a typical suburban English family and their association
with the local tennis club. This edition is illustrated by Richard Floethe,
in a style quite different from the UK edition, which was illustrated
by D.L. Mays. Externally, both (darkened) boards are nicely decorated
with crossed tennis rackets tied with the laces of tennis shoes. £150/$250
Sourcebook (The)" by Dennis J Phillips; 1995; 530 pp in
hardboards. This is an amazing book and a must for all collectors of tennis
books as it lists 1000's of literary sources for articles and books on
or about tennis in all its many facets. £50/$80
125: "Wer War
der Grosste Tennisspieler Aller Zeiten" by Dr. F.W. Esser;
German edition of c1950; 62 pp in paperback. This book seems to be a small
print run privately published through the Cologne Tennis and Hockey Club.
It reviews some of the great players of earlier times such as the Doherty's,
Tilden, Lenglen, and Wills, comparing them with some of the great German
players. Mostly it is a study of German tennis. £40/$70
WORLD OF TENNIS
ANNUALS: I continue to lament the passing of the only global tennis
annual, following the demise of World of Tennis after the 2001 edition.
It seems astonishing that no other person or organisation has stepped
in to fill the gap. Here is a good series of editions (mostly 1 of each
only) offered at £10/$18 each, £16/$28 for 2, £21/$37for
3, £25/$43 for 4, £30/$50 for 5
126: In soft covers: 1971, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82,
83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99
127: In hard boards: 1971, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983
RIGGS (triple Wimbledon champion 1939) born 25 Feb 1918, died 25 Oct 1995
Much has been written about the rather volatile and eccentric Riggs, who
was one of the great tennis showmen. Triple event winner at Wimbledon
in 1939, he was one of those players who missed his prime tennis time
because of the interruption of the 2nd World War. Some say that Wilding
would have won every Wimbledon from 1915 to 1918, similarly with Riggs
from 1940 to 1945. It's all speculative of course but it makes a fascinating
debating subject. There are three books on Riggs' life, the last of which
has just been published. He took the opportunity of launching a second
biography after the "Tennis Love" matches, but this new study
makes a very good read.
Sure Thing (The): The Life & Times of Bobby Riggs"
by Tom LeCompte; 2003; 471 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper. Joe Stahl
(critic and Anglophilic journalist) was rather grumpy about this new book,
but I liked it and I think that students of tennis in the 1930's will
find it a good buy. After life as a touring pro, Riggs did rather lose
the plot however, as the sections on the Court/King matches show. £25/$40
Is My Racket" by Bobby Riggs; 1st USA edition of 1950;
144 pp in hardboards (no dustwrapper). This is his own version of the
story written while still a touring professional. It is also an appreciation
of the other top players of the day, but written from the point of view
of a man who somehow thinks he is good enough to beat them all. His achievement
record is very strong. This copy is signed "Bobby Riggs 1995".
Hustler" by Bobby Riggs with George McGann; 1st USA edition
of 1973; 203 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper. This is to some extent
a reworking of "Tennis Is My Racket"; it covers the notorious
Love Matches against Margaret Court, whom he beat, much to the fury of
the women players, and Billie Jean King, who beat him. There is also much
coaching content. This copy is dedicated and signed by Riggs in 1995.
SOME EDITIONS SIGNED
BY THE AUTHORS
131: "Off The
Court" by Arthur Ashe with Neil Amdur; 1st USA edition
of 1981; 230 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper. I consider this to be the
best of the very many Ashe titles written with one of the best USA sports
writers. Ashe was and remains a much admired USA athlete whose contribution
to the progress of tennis in the USA and elsewhere in the world cannot
be estimated. He had an excellent Davis Cup record. This copy is signed
"Arthur Ashe" on the title page. His signature has become rare
and desirable. (I have just bought an Ashe hand-written letter) £125/$210
for Teenagers" by Pauline Betz Addie; 2nd printing of
1966; 120 pp in paperback with ring binding. This is a routine coaching
manual issued in cooperation with the USLTA. It is profusely illustrated
with black and white photos, many of herself in action, and the front
page is signed "Pauline Betz Addie". She was Wimbledon champion
in 1946, and lives in Washington, where she enjoys playing bridge. £50/$90
Tennis" by Roderich Menzel; 1st German edition of 1951;
438 pp in large 8vo format in somewhat frayed but quite rare dustwrapper.
This is a major history of tennis in Germany, recounting the triumphs
of some of the great names of German tennis including Aussem, Froitzheim,
von Cramm, and Henkel. Menzel, himself a very good player, reviews the
other leading players of the world including Vines, Wood etc, talks about
the major events, and then lays out in some detail his coaching advice.
This copy is accompanied by a white card signed "Roderich Menzel".
The book is illustrated with lovely pencil drawn vignettes. £75/$130
134: "You Cannot
Be Serious" by John McEnroe with James Kaplan; 1st USA
edition of 2002; 342 pp in hardboards and dustwrapper. This is the USA
title of "Serious" and this copy is dedicated and signed: "To
John, God Bless you. Hope u enjoy! John McEnroe". Having seen so
many of his signatures, this is just about as good as his hand-writing
"Wimbledon Championship Souvenir 1931";
50 pages in magazine format. Edited by Arthur Wallis Myers, and with memorable
contributions from such eminent writers as Rebecca West and Beverly Nichols,
this was a one-off publication, designed as a lasting memory of the 1931
Fortnight. It is adorned with glamour photographs of some of the top British
players and a spectacular aerial photo of the grounds, which have a distinctly
rural look about them. The advertisements are of a most luxurious lifestyle.
This is quite a rare Wimbledon item. £50/$90
"Wimbledon Annual 1983"
by John Parsons; 160 pp. This is the elusive first edition of the Wimbledon
Annual, now in its 21st edition. It is some time since I have had one
of these in stock. The initial print run was not as big as current editions;
this is a very hard book to find. £175/$300
I have heard that a large collection of original tennis postcards may
be available for purchase. The collection consists of about 1000 postcards,
and these cover tennis in a comprehensive manner. They include views of
courts and clubs, glamour and humour cards, as well as Trim player cards.
I know no more yet but would be interested in hearing from any clients
who might wish to express an interest in them.
"Ping-Pong: The Game, Its Tactics and
Laws" by Cornelius G. Schaad; 1st USA paperback edition
of 1931; 96 pages. With an introduction by William T. Tilden 2nd and Francis
T. Hunter, this is a splendid piece of 1930's table tennis coaching literature.
This little book is illustrated with black and white photographs of various
methods of racket grips and top players demonstrating their shots. £35/$60
NOVELS: The four following paperbacks are based, in varying degrees,
on tennis. Each at £5/$8
138: "The Cavalier
Case" by Antonia Fraser; 1992; 139: "The Deception"
by Barry Reed; 1997;
by Play" by Collis Barker; 1978; 141: "The Tennis
Murders" by Timothy Welch; 1976.
"The Total Zone"; this
is the first of the Martina Navratilova trilogy of tennis murder mysteries
co-written with Liz Nickles. The heroine is Jordan Myles who investigates
the disappearance of young tennis star Audrey Armat. I did not know until
recently that this book had been put onto audio cassette, and here it
is on four tapes in unabridged format as read by Laural Merlington. It
gives ten hours of listening. £15/$25
"Old Maids, The Favourite Game".
This is a lovely bit of tennis memorabilia from c1910. It consists of
six sets of playing cards, each set of six cards depicting a sport being
played. The six sports are Tennis, Footballing, Golfing, Fishing, Cricketing,
and Cycling. Each card is highly coloured and each shows a member of the
family, Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, Mother, Son, and Daughter. The
figures are amusing vignettes. The box comes with the original rules of
play, the purpose of which is to accumulate complete sets of each sport,
without picking up the rogue "Old Maid" card. The entire set
is in beautiful condition presented in its original box. £75/$130
144: CERAMIC PLATE
FOR THE FEDERATION CUP JULY 21-28 1991: I staged one of my earliest
exhibitions at the new tennis centre at Nottingham when the Fed Cup was
played that week. It was a lovely week with huge crowds and the week was
opened by HRH The Princess of Wales. This item is a ceramic hand-painted
Denby plate, measuring 26cm across. It shows the cup, two rackets, a ball
surrounded by garlands of flowers. It is mainly grey coloured and gives
a rather rural air. I have not seen one of these attractive plates previously.
I have sold quite a lot of tennis posters on the internet recently.
Here is a short selection, one example of each.
Sampras serving"; full length action shot of Pete serving.
The poster measures 58cm x 89cm. £10/$18
Girl 1980". This is the iconic and rather rude (!) colour
picture of a girl in tennis kit walking away from you (full length) and
she has just lifted the back of her short tennis dress revealing what
little she is wearing under her dress. It is strangely erotic! £40/$70
147: "The Championships
Wimbledon" editions for 1998, 1999, 2002, each measuring
approx 50cm x 70cm, each at £15/$25
Tennis." The World Championship 2000 in Hobart, Robert
Fahey defends against Chris Bray and Wayne Davies. 39cm x 59cm £30/$50
Novotna" 1998 Wimbledon Champion Singles and Doubles;
4 delightful views of the lovely Jana. 48cm x 66cm. £15/$25
Mauresmo", a Dunlop poster showing Amelie on her knees
in triumphant mood! An expressive picture! 42cm x 59cm £20/$35
Borg"; a three view poster of BB showing him in the mid
1970's, executed in a futuristic style with Borg playing a double-handed
backhand, and on each side a head profile with long blonde hair. This
large, dramatic poster is in landscape format. 62cm x 92cm. £20/$35
Agassi Rules"; a large full-length view of AA finishing
off a double-handed backhand. This is Nike poster. 59cm x 87cm. £10/$15
Kournikova"; three-quarter length view of a young AK in
tennis clothes, racket in hand, pensive look on face. 61cm x 86cm. £10/$15
Agassi"; a full-length view of the Agassi backhand, AA
off the ground; background shows many views of him. 59cm x 88cm. £10/$15
Garros" French Open posters for 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997,
2000. These are highly decorative, each year being designed by modern
artists. Each has a tennis theme, and the design for each year is used
on all tickets, posters, programmes etc. Approx 76cm x 57cm. Each at £30/$50
Girl Calendar 1948". This is a large (38cm x 50cm) highly
colourful picture of a pretty girl in tennis clothes carrying racket and
ball, in a delightful garden setting. The 12 months of the year sheets
are present. This item will look lovely framed and glazed hanging on a
WHO DOES NOT WANT
TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Newsletter 54 contained a true story about a
celebrity edition of the TV quiz programme here in the UK. It has happened
again! Two contestants were on £8000 going for £16000. The
question was "which female tennis star had just won her 46th grand
slam title?" Options were Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova,
Chris Evert, and Evonne Cawley. So no pressure there, or so you would
have thought, but of course you are a tennis fan, so for you the answer
is easy and blindingly obvious. The contestants' reasoning went like this:
it cant be Billie Jean King as she is too old, as is Chris Evert, both
of whom they guessed correctly had retired years ago. OK so far. It could
be Martina, but then who on earth is Evonne Cawley? Neither contestant
had ever heard of Evonne Cawley, so they reasoned that this was a trick
question, and they went for Cawley. And they promptly dropped £7000!
Now there's a surprise.
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