Newsletter 62 - October 2006
LIVRES FRANCAIS; NEW TITLES; SO MANY FAREWELLS; WEB-SITES; UNUSUAL REAL TENNIS TITLES; WIMBLEDON ANNUAL 2006
INTRODUCTION: There has been quite a long gap since the publication of my last Newsletter (No 61 in March); for me the last few months have been really hectic, with the usual four weeks away at Queen’s Club, Eastbourne and then Wimbledon.
** It may be that my printed Newsletter frequency will settle on either two or three a year. As an experiment, this newsletter is mostly available on request for those living outside the UK but it is now on www.tennisbookshop.com. The website also contains photographs of a number of the listed items from Newsletter 62 and these are marked (P). I have been making considerable use of e-mail distribution and this saves huge quantities of paper as well as considerable postage costs. Amazingly my e-mail address list now far exceeds my ordinary mailing list.
** As with e-Bay, there are still many people who are uneasy with e-mailing and the concept of transmitting credit card details. From my own experience, I have traded heavily on e-Bay and I buy books from most countries round the world on a daily basis, and each of these trades is always funded without any problems either by credit card or by Paypal. I am set up to accept payments by either of these international methods.
MASTERS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL:
Others expected include Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, and Richard Krajicek; the highly entertaining doubles event will include Tom Gullikson, Jacco Eltingh, Mark Woodforde, Mats Wilander, Peter McNamara and of course the irrepressible Mansour Bahrami. This year, Mansour has released a DVD (see item 01) and he will be signing copies at The Tennis Bookshop stand in the main entrance hall.
Tickets for the week can be obtained on line at www.theblackrockmasters.com or from the box office on 0870-458 3665
At The Championships,
the first day was rather damp, but otherwise the good weather held throughout
the Fortnight. New management at the All England Club provided a seamless
continuation with previous years, though the middle Saturday required
some nifty footwork! Federer and Mauresmo have proved to be worthy champions.
Centre Court 2007 will have no roof. You have been warned!
“La Coupe Davis Juillet 1928”:
“Suzanne Lenglen Autograph”:
This amazing book is the guest book for a tennis club in Cannes, South of France. I have tried and failed to find any mention of “The Cottage” but assume it refers to the club-house. I would appreciate any input on this. Someone must know to what it refers. Anyway it is the guest book and as such has been signed by a huge number of 1920s celebrities and socialites. The hand-writing of these people is something to be seen, as in those days most people had very distinctive writing.
Names which immediately spring out of the pages include Suzanne Lenglen, (Lady) Sophie Wavertree (see the item immediately above), Phyllis Satterthwaite (English tennis player), Diddie Vlasto (Suzanne Lenglen’s doubles partner and probable lover), Regine Vlasto (mother of Diddie), Max Decugis (French tennis player), Poppy Baring (mistress of the Prince of Wales), Rosa Lewis (known as The Duchess of Duke Street and owner of a notorious hotel in the West End of London), Tallulah (Bankhead), Suzanne Lenglen again together with Claude Anet (Suzanne’s biographer), Laddie Cliff (film star), Helen Wills, (the Marquess of) Milford Haven, (Prince) George (of Greece), (Prince) Harry Kent (of England and uncle to Queen Elizabeth ll)), and many others too difficult to decipher or whose names mean little to me.
Many signatories have added little vignette drawings, others have written personal dedications. The majority of dates refers to the mid 1920s; the last date is 1947. Especially significant is the signature of Helen Wills who has added after her name “California” in such a manner as to lead me to assume she was uncertain that anyone would know who she was. This signature therefore probably coincides with the great Cannes match against Suzanne Lenglen. This lovely book is in very good condition and is a unique record of the comings and goings at the major tennis club in Cannes, which was for many years the centre of upper class European social life. (P) £2500/US$4750
INTERESTING RACKET SPORTS WEB-SITES
SPORTS/TENNIS AUCTIONS 2006: 15th November at Christie’s South Kensington; 4th & 5th December at Mullock Madeley.
BOOKS RELATED TO SQUASH RACKETS
“Squash Rackets Association Annuals”
have been published since about 1928. They were mostly UK orientated for
the first few years and gradually became more international. For squash
stats fans, they are full of match and event results.
08: “The Squash Rackets Annual 1937-38” edited by Hubert Winterbotham; 230 pages in small 8vo hardboards. This squash annual followed the same concept as the Lowe’s and Ayre’s Lawn Tennis Almanacks of the same period and as such this squash annual is certainly the best ever written. For students of early squash history, the player biogs and results of pre-2nd World War matches and events are especially memorable. £100/US$185
TO: The following major racket sports personalities have died
since the publication of Newsletter 61.
Kenneth Norman “Ken” Fletcher (born 15 June 1940; died 11 February 2006). One of the most engaging of Australian tennis players, who made a speciality of doubles events, though his singles record included three quarter-finals at Wimbledon. With Margaret Smith, he won the Mixed Doubles Grand Slam in 1963; he reached the Wimbledon Doubles semis with John Newcombe and was Doubles runner-up with Bob Hewitt.
Eugene Lytton “Gene” Scott (born 28 December 1937; died 20 March 2006). I have known Gene for all the 30 years I have worked with the journalists at Wimbledon, throughout which time he has been the publisher and editor of Tennis Week magazine, consistently producing the highest quality tennis news and reports. His sudden death shocked and saddened the tennis world; I shall greatly miss our lengthy chats. He was also a consummate lawn tennis player reaching the semis of the US Open in 1967, and he was US national Court Tennis champion.
Henry George Macintosh (born 05 March 1929; died 22 April 2006). Henry was a superb squash player at whose hands I suffered on more than one occasion in the early 1970s. He was also a gifted hockey player and latterly a competitive Real Tennis player who gave many hours of voluntary work to the Tennis & Rackets Association in matters related to Professional qualification.
Frederick Rudolph “Ted” Schroeder (born 20 July 1921; died 26 May 2006). Definitely a face I missed this year at Wimbledon, Ted often frequented the Press area, expounding his forthright views on this or that player. Famed mostly for his Wimbledon Men’s Singles title in 1949 when he beat the fast improving Jaroslav Drobny in 5 sets, he had more success in doubles both in the US Nationals with Jack Kramer and Louise Brough; he was runner-up in the Wimbledon Doubles in 1949 with Gardnar Mulloy
WIMBLEDON MUSEUM OPENED BY DUKE OF KENT
And let us not forget the new Library adjacent to the Museum, where you can see the amazing collection of tennis literature assembled over many years by Hon. Librarian Alan Little. A few weeks ago I made a special trip for a quiet view; at £7.50 for adults to include complimentary personal audio facilities in many languages, a mini-cinema, and window displays on a themed basis round every corner, this tour took over 90 minutes and I still felt there was more to see. Be sure not to miss it on your next visit to London.
TITLES: Here is a short list of some of the latest tennis titles.
10: “Andy Murray, The Story So Far….” By Rob Robertson and Eleanor Preston; 319 pages in paperback edition of 2006. His progress is so fast that it is hard to keep up with him. These new books serve to fill in some of the gaps on what we already know about the young superstar. £10/US$20
11: “Anna Kournikova” by Karen Farrington; 1st UK edition of 2001; 80 pages in large 4to paperback format. This one passed me by and probably just as well, but here is just one copy of a very photographic oriented tribute to a former tennis player. Whatever happened to her? £10/US$20
12: “Fantastic Federer” by Chris Bowers; 262 pages in hardboards and dust-jacket; 2006. At last a good book on a player who is undoubtedly the best in the world, despite his recent amazing defeat by Murray. This book sold very well and is clearly the leading Federer title at present. £15/US$30
13: “Randolph Lycett Tennis Player; Britain’s finest from 1920-1925” by Peter Kettle; 148 pages in large format paperback edition of 2005. Published privately in Australia, here is one man’s personal tribute to a great tennis player who it seems has been rather overlooked. Brother-in-law to Bunny Austin, he was a great player of the immediate post Great War period whose speciality was doubles. The book is comprehensively researched with many pages of references and it is illustrated with photos. Lycett’s entire playing record can be found at the back of the book. £20/US$40
14: “Roma 2006 I Gladiatori del Foro” by Ubaldo Scanagatta; 116 pages in paper covers. Here is the 6th edition of Ubaldo’s excellent study of all that matters in the Italian Open, from its first appearance in 1930 right up to the modern era. Stats, records, results biogs, all are here. (P) £15/US$25
15: “Tennis Experience And All That…(A)” by Alex B. Aitchison, 1st USA paperback edition of 2006; 207 pages in paperback. This is a very nice story about one of those men who are the backbone of tennis which he has served all his life as a volunteer organiser and coach. £10/US$15
16: “Tennis Record Book 2006” by Rino Tommasi; 315 pages in large format paper covers. Here is the 7th edition of Rino’s amazing statfest which every armchair TV fan should have at his/her elbow. All the ranking lists since 1923, the last 8’s at all the Grand Slams, every draw for 2005 (men and women), all the top 100 lists since inception, player achievement lists, and much much more. (P) £25/US$50
17: “Winners in Action: The complete story of the Dunlop Slazenger Sports Companies” by Brian Simpson; 1st edition of 2005; 283 pages in large format hardboards and dust-jacket. Here is a new book whose title says it all. It is a fascinating title for players of ball sports, especially tennis, squash and golf. The parallel development of the two iconic companies is well detailed and researched, with plenty of photos of events, places and personalities. Then in 1998 they joined together and remain a foremost name in sports equipment on a world-wide basis. It’s a heavy book! £25/US$50
PUBLICATIONS: Note that the Wimbledon Annual for 2006 by Neil
Harman is now available.
19: “Wimbledon Annual 2006” by Neil Harman; 160 pages in large 4to format hardboards and dust-jacket. Yet another change of publisher this year, but on time is Neil’s latest Wimbledon Annual, (the 24th edition) superbly written and illustrated with great colour photos. The book contains day by day reports through the Fortnight and at the end are all the full draw-sheets. It makes a marvellous Christmas present for tennis fans. £22/US$40
20: “Wimbledon Final Programmes”: 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Each at £15/US$30
21: “Wimbledon 2006 Final Programme”; the collectable edition containing every result in every event for this year’s Championships. £10/US$20
22: “Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s Singles Champions 1877-2005” by John Barrett and Alan Little; 195 pages in paper covers. Following the success in 2005 of the Ladies’ edition, here is the reworked and updated book giving short biogs of all the Gentlemen champions from 1877. £10/US$20
WHY “REAL TENNIS”? It seemed to me to be too simplistic to say that the expression “Real Tennis” was born solely to differentiate between Tennis and the new game of Lawn Tennis. But that seems to be the way it is. I can’t find any sign of “Real Tennis” before 1875, when the game had been called “Tennis” for centuries, but in June 1875, just as Lawn Tennis is invented as its own game, I have found an advertisement from James Lillywhite which offers Lawn Tennis sets and Real Tennis bats. So maybe the simple and obvious explanation is correct. What do you think?
TITLES: The following Real Tennis titles are due to be published
this month and they are/will be available from The Tennis Bookshop.
24: “Le Jeu de Paume: Son Histoire et Sa Description” by Edgar Chapus; English translation of the 1862 original French edition; 71 pages and 16 plates in hardboards in an edition of only 350 copies. At last this rarest of Tennis books is available in English and it will sell very quickly. £70/US$130
First Beautiful Game: Stories of obsession in Real Tennis”
edited by Roman Krznaric. This new book “tells the human stories
behind the world’s most curious sport. Top amateur Roman Krznaric
discovers why real tennis players are so obsessed with their ancient game
and reveals the secrets it contains about the art of living.” It
is published in two editions as described at items 25 and 26 below.
26: The standard paperback edition of 182 pages; immediately available. £11/US$20
27: “Royal Tennis in Renaissance Italy” by Cees de Bondt; 280 pages in hardback with 153 illustrations. Published in just one edition, this adventurous new title concentrates solely on the history and genesis of ball play in Renaissance Italy, showing how the game first played in the streets matured into the game we know today. It is brilliantly illustrated and meticulously researched over many years; immediately available. £60/US$110
28: “Hazard Chase” by Jeremy Potter; 1st edition of 1964; 192 pages in small 8vo format in hardboards and decorative dust-jacket. This is probably the only novel set in a Real Tennis environment. It was subject to a very small print run; this 1st edition is in very good condition. (P) £125/US$235
29: “Hazard Chase” by Jeremy Potter; 1st reprinted edition of 1989; 192 pages in 8vo format in hardboards and different decorative dust-jacket. After twenty-five years, here it is again in a reprinted edition; the book continues to fascinate tennis players. It is in very good condition. (P) £60/US$110
30: “Les Jeux Sportifs de Pelote-Paume en Belgique du XlVe au XlXe siecle”; 1st French paperback edition of 1967 in 8vo format; 206 pages. With many pages still uncut, this book describes various forms of ball play which existed in Belgium, or the area it now covers, from the earliest times upto the end of the 19th century. It quotes from many historical tracts which describe contemporary ball play. £50/US$100
31: “Royal Tennis, For The Record….” by Michael Garnett; 1st edition Australia 1991 in small 8vo format hardboards (no dust-jacket issued); 110 pages. This book is in an edition of only 500 copies. Its contents are a series of lists including courts past and present, world champions, books on the game, and club emblems; with heavy emphasis on the Australian game, there are lists of newspaper reports on matches etc. This copy is in very good condition and it has a presentation inscription from the author. It is a very useful book for seekers of info on courts all over the world. £100/US$200
33: “Tennis: A Cut Above the Rest” by Chris Ronaldson; 1st de luxe edition (100 numbered copies only) of 1985; 172 pages in small 8vo format internally marbled hardboards and dust-jacket, all page edges gilt. Internally signed by the author and dated 18 April 1985. With a title redolent with tennis terms, the world champion writes what is still the world’s most current coaching book on Tennis, ably describing the best technique, all illustrated with diagrams and photos of Chris in perfect position at all times. The final of three parts is a pleasant account of his life in Tennis until he became Professional at Hampton Court where he is still in post. The book is in beautiful unused condition. £250/US$475
34: “Tennis, Rackets, Fives” by Julian Marshall, Major James Spens, and Rev. J.A. Arnan Tait; 1st (?) edition of 1890; 105 pages in small 12mo hardboards format; the blue spine and boards rather faded and stained. This is an exceptionally rare title on the three sports, each of which is described by an expert, who recounts the history, the manner of play, the court and its dimensions, the definitions of terms, and the laws of play. £500/US$900
35: “Trattato del Giuoco della Palla” by Antonio Scaino da Salo; facsimile reprinted edition of 1968; 318 pages in 12mo format in hardboards externally half marbled, with calf spine and corners, published in a run limited to 500 numbered copies. This is an exact copy of the original edition of 1555 in Italian. This copy is in very good condition, presented in similarly marbled card slip-case, the book internally has a presentation inscription. There has been a small amount of external spine separation, nicely repaired. (P) £500/US$950
36: “A Treatise on Tennis” by Samuel Smith Travers; 1st standard facsimile edition of 1985 in small 8vo format hardboards (no dust-jacket issued) from the original of 1875; 106 pages plus 13 pages of plates. The 1875 original is the second most difficult Tennis book to find. It describes the history, its benefits to the body, the rules of play, technique, and other variations of ball play. This is one of only 488 copies published in Australia. £375/US$700
37: “The Willis Faber Book of Tennis & Rackets” by Lord Aberdare; 1st UK edition of 1980; 368 pages in large 4to format in hardboards and dust-jacket. The best book on Tennis and Rackets of the latter half of the 20th century, superseded by a later edition in 2000. This copy is autographed internally by top players at the Scottish Open in 1981, including Frank Willis, Graham Hyland, Kevin King, Jonathan Howell, Wayne Davies, Peter Dawes, Norwood Cripps, Walter Gregg, Howard Angus, Kevin Sheldon, David Johnson, Alan Lovell, Chris Ronaldson, Iain Tulloch, and Alistair Curley. This is an exceptional list of Tennis autographs which includes three world champions. (P) £275/US$500
BOOKS WITH A DEGREE OF RARITY
39: “Fifty Years of Lawn Tennis in Scotland” by A. Wallace MacGregor; 1st edition of 1927; 287 pages in 4to format hardboards. This very detailed history of the early days of Lawn Tennis in Scotland was written by a man who was there when it happened. There is a huge number of match results and many photos of teams and leading players. This very rare book is in almost “as issued” condition with hardly a mark. (P) £400/US$750
40: “Private Eye’s Wimbledon Front Cover” dated July 1981 showing a marked lack of respect for the guests in the Royal Box! (P) £25/US$50
41: “Shooting Stars of 1930” by Wm. T. Tilden 2nd; paperback edition with 64 pages. Tilden has written pen-pictures of some of the great players of the period, both men and women. Each has a page with the photo and a small lined space for the player’s autograph. This is a very rare tennis book and an important piece of Tildenana. He writes each biog from entirely his own perspective and opinion; in very good condition. (P) £175/US$325
42: A ROGUE/PIRATE WIMBLEDON PROGRAMME: Occasionally in the 1930s, some of the Wimbledon locals would print up pirate programmes of the tennis events and sell them to the crowds queuing to come into the grounds. This is a Wightman Cup programme for 1932 and is made of card. Players include Helen Wills, Helen Jacobs, Dorothy Round, and Betty Nuthall. Most of the matches have their set scores pencilled in on the card, which is a bit worn but an interesting and unusual piece of Wimbledon ephemera. (P) £30/US$50
UNUSUAL TITLES WHICH INCLUDE VALUABLE SECTIONS ON TENNIS, RACKETS, AND
44: “Fifty Years of Sport at Oxford and Cambridge” edited by A.C.M. Groome; two massive folio volumes of 1913, volume 1 of 332 pages and volume 2 of 335 pages, each presented in fine luxury calf hardboards embossed externally with the crests of the two universities, the spines ornately gilt decorated. These are probably the most attractive books in which I occasionally trade. The contents are lengthy reports on all of the very many sports for which competition existed between Oxford and Cambridge. Each report is compiled by a leading exponent and the reports cover the history of that particular sport, prominent competition results, major personalities, and how and where the sport is played at the universities. There are also many captioned team photos. Rackets and Real Tennis are comprehensively covered. Each book weighs well over 3 kilos. (P) £600/US$1100
45: “The House on Sport” edited by W.A. Morgan; 1st UK edition of 1898; 490 pages in small 4to red hardboards externally gilt decorated. This is a compendium of reports on a wide range of sporting activities undertaken and enjoyed by Members of the London Stock Exchange. Each essay is written by the organising secretary of the particular sports section who describes the various outings and achievements of his sport. Well featured amongst these are Lawn Tennis (7 pages), Rackets (14 pages), and Real Tennis (16 pages). Most articles are illustrated with photos of leading players. Most other popular sports are covered, both athletic and field. This impressive book is in good clean condition. (P) £150/US$275
46: “Le Theatre des Bons Engins; La Morosophie” by Guillaume de la Perriere; reprinted edition of 1993 from the original edition of 1539. This is an emblem book, a common form of book in the 16th century which mostly consisted of images depicting scenes seen by the author on his travels in Europe. The original is memorable for the scenes of Tennis at images V and XLl. Recognisable Tennis scenes don’t come much earlier. £75/US$140
47: “The Sportsman’s Book for India” edited by F. G. Aflalo; 1st UK edition of 1904; 567 in very large 8vo red hardboards decorated externally on the front board with a marvellous gilt tiger. Clearly aimed at the British Raj, this amazing book describes hunting, shooting and fishing for a wide range of Indian game animals, birds and fish, including panthers, tigers, elephants and so on. Also included is a number of typically British sports including Cricket, Golf, Football and Racquets. This latter game was played in a number of distant stations and produced the World Champion Jamsetjee. Racquets and a rather basic form of covered court Real Tennis game were played and between them receive just one page of text. But as India is generally not considered to be on the map for these two sports, the book is very rare. This copy is in very good clean condition and contains a fold-away map of India in full colour. I would be surprised if any racket sports library had a copy of this book! (P) £200/US$375
“The Young Sportsman”
edited by Alfred E.T. Watson; 1st UK edition of 1900; 661 pages in large
8vo format red hardboards externally gilt decorated. This is an A to Z
dictionary of every imaginable sport played by youth, and it includes
7 pages on Fives, 12 pages on Lawn Tennis, 8 pages on Rackets, and 14
pages on Tennis. All articles are illustrated with diagrams and some with
photos. The articles cover history, technique, the rules and style. Some
pages remain uncut; there is a tiny amount in internal spine easing and
there is small staining on the external boards. £135/US$250
51: “The World’s Leading Tennis Players 1954” compiled by Edward C. Potter; 58 pages in narrow 8vo paperback format. Part of a very short series of excellent tennis annuals which features player biogs of the top men and women of the period. Potter was a top class tennis writer. £100/US$190
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53: A Collection of 16 miniature ceramic tennis items, all manufactured in the period 1900/1910 and marketed as souvenirs for visits by tourists to towns all round England, visits made possible only by the rapid expansion of the rail network, enabling tourists to do a day return trip. Rackets which have identifiable manufacturer names show either “Arcadian” of Stoke-on-Trent, or “Swan China”. They measure between 9.5cm to 11.5cm in length, and the racket from Marden measures 13.5cm. The rackets each have the crest of the towns where the rackets were sold and these include Salbriggan, Hayling Island, City of Wells (fishtail), Westcliff-on-Sea (fishtail), Weston-super-Mare (fishtail), Cleethorpes (fishtail), Northampton, Marden (fishtail), Norwich, Hove, Ryde, Theydon Bois, Aldershot, and Douglas. All are in excellent condition. Each is offered at £25/US$50
The racket with three balls is from Woolwich. The item with crossed rackets surmounted by a small bird is from Skegness. Each at £30/US$55
THREE LATE VICTORIAN ERA MULTI-RACKET PRESSES
54 (A):“Thos. J. Tate Princes Street Cavendish Square London”; in dark wood with three original brass screws and wing-nuts; leather carrying handle attached by two brass brackets and screws; in very good condition but lacks any interior dividers; made by probably the finest private tennis racket maker of late Victorian times. 38cm long by 30cm wide. £250/US$475
54 (B): “A. A. TUNMER & Co, Tout Pour Tous Sports Paris Bordeaux Deauville”; presumably made in France is the multi-press with 3 internal racket dividers. The shape is unusual in that rackets can be inserted from either end. It has its 2 original long brass screws and wing-nuts and is carried by a brass handle fixed to a brass plate. It is in rather worn condition but its unusual shape makes it very special. 33cm long x 30cm wide. £250/US$475
54 (C): “Multi-racket press with no manufacturer’s name”. It has 5 internal rackets dividers, 3 original long brass screws and wing-nuts, and is carried by a strong leather carrying handle fixed by 2 brass brackets and screws. 39cm long x 29cm wide. £250/US$475
55 (A): A slip from an autograph book signed by Jack Kramer, Pancho Segura, and Dan Maskell (plus one other). £50/US$100
55 (B): A slip signed by Rosie Casals, Virginia Wade, BJ King, and on the reverse Joyce Williams and Karen Krantzke. £50/US$100
55 (C): The largest blue sheet is signed by well known players Betty Nuthall and Phyllis King (see the Farewells section), In addition, lesser known players all of whom were in the Ladies’ Singles draw at Wimbledon 1938 including Valerie Scott, Gem Hoahing, Rosemary Thomas, Jean Saunders, and E(rmintrude) H Harvey, and Mollie Lincoln in the 1937 draw, some excellent and unusual British women players. £50/US$100
19TH CENTURY RACKETS SPORTS ENGRAVINGS OF TOM AND JERRY
57: The poster for the ATP Awards Gala 1980 with many famous player autographs. This poster measures 61cm x 46cm and it has been signed by the following identifiable players: Peter Fleming, John McEnroe, Vic Seixas, Jack Kramer, Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe, Fred Stolle, Dick van Patten, Tony Trabert, and Bill Talbert. Also signed by veteran tennis writers Frank Deford, Rex Bellamy, & George Plimpton. £250/US$475
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TO ALL NON-UK CONTACTS WHO HAVE BOUGHT FROM ME OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT
WITH ME SINCE JANUARY 2005. OTHERWISE HARD COPIES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
ORDER ANY OF THE ABOVE BOOKS,