We are excited about a new collection of tennis books which are always scarce and unusual!
A History of Tennis by E. B. Noel and J. O. M. Clark dated 1924
Scarce – from a print run of only approximately 820, of which as many as around 400/500 are thought to have been pulped. Very unusual complete in the original dustcovers. Dustcovers predominantly complete, just minor loss to the top and tail of the spines, and some shelf wear and chipping to the extremities. Small piece of the centre of the spine of the dustcover of Vol 1 detached but present. Vol 2 in slightly worse condition with lower third of the dustcover detached from the front over. Still highly unusual to find present and in good condition. Also included is a letter referring to the late author, Evan Baillie Noel, addressed to Ogilby asking for donations towards his son’s schooling and a ‘Noel’ museum among other things, from C.N. Bruce. Blue cloth bindings with gilt titles to the spine in very good condition. A couple of newspaper clippings tipped in to the pastedown of volume 1, otherwise contents in excellent clean bright condition. Bindings tight. Illustrated with black and white photographic plates. Complete with folding table to Vol 2. A scarce set, particularly intact with the original dustcovers, and a nice association set with the addition of the letter about the late author. Vol 1 281pp Vol 2 282-580pp.
A Treatise on Tennis by a member of the tennis club, first edition dated 1822
Scarce, complete with engraved frontispiece and folding plate of the Ground Plan in very good condition (often found lacking). Rebound in full green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Corners a touch bumped, otherwise very good condition. Pencil inscription to the verso of the ffep stating previous ownership, including Mr S. Herbert, George Macdonad and Lucas Clark. Frontis. a little creased and worn, small hole. Occasional browning and light foxing, otherwise contents clean. Previous owners neat pencil annotations to various margins. A highly sought after unusual early work on tennis, that’s passed through some interesting hands, particularly unusual complete with the folding plan. 120pp.
The Art of the Tennis-Racket-Maker and of Tennis by M. de Garsault dated 1938
Translated into English by Catherine W. Leftwich. Originally published in French in 1767 and now translated into English for the first time. Printed for Christopher B. Gabriel Hon. Sec. and Treasurer of the Royal Tennis Court May 1938. Limited to 250 copies, of which 150 are reserved for members of The Royal Tennis Court. Numbered 49, and signed C.B. Gabriel. Original red cloth binding, a little discoloured. Gilt illustration to the front board and spine. Five plates bound to the rear, plus frontis. with original tissue guard. Endpapers a little foxed otherwise contents clean. Scarce. 45pp
Lawn Tennis For Ladies by Mrs Lambert Chambers dated 1910
A scarce first edition copy in good condition. Bound in the publishers’ original green cloth with gilt titles to the front board and spine. Slight bumping to the corners. Rear board has some discolouration along the top edge. Two previous owners’ ink stamps to the title page. There is the occasional foxing throughout otherwise the contents are in a good clean condition. Illustrated with nineteen, including frontispiece full page monochrome plates. pp. xii + 135 +31.