Tennis

Introduction | Earliest Book About Tennis | Tennis as a Royal Game
Art of the Paumier-Raquetier | Enlightenment, Revolution & Tennis: Diderot & David
Court Tennis in the 19th Century | Beginnings of the Lawn Tennis
From Recreation to Competition | Some 20th Century Court Tennis Rarities
Stars & Icons of Modern Lawn Tennis | Survival of Court Tennis as an International Sport
Billy Haggard: Sportsman and Bookman | Selected References

 
Some 20th- Century Court Tennis Rarities

Eustace Miles on Tennis, 1903

Miles, Eustace H.
racquets, tennis & squashRacquets, Tennis & Squash.

New York: Appleton, 1903.  Original cloth.

By the time Miles published this book, he was or had been Amateur Champion at all three of the sports he described.  His book is important as giving the first serious attention to American clubs, courts and players. 


 


Fred Tompkins on Court Tennis, 1909

Tompkins, Frederick Charles.
Court Tennis; with Notes on Racquets & Squash-racquets.

Philadelphia:  Lippincott, 1909.  Original dark red cloth.

Tompkins, a British professional who moved to the United States, wrote this simple guide for the players he was teaching.


 


De Luze on Tennis, in Original Wrappers

Dela magnifique histoire du jeu de paume Luze, Albert.
La Magnifique Histoire du Jeu de Paume.

Bordeaux: Delmay; Paris: Brissard, 1933.  Original printed wrappers, in custom box.   No. 922 of 1000 copies. 

De Luze’s study provides a century by century history of tennis in France, followed by detailed coverage of individual tennis courts, champions, and professionals.  It has twice been translated into English, first by John Tierney, issued in a limited xerox edition (in the Haggard collection), and subsequently by Sir Richard Hamilton, in printed form.


The Limited Presentation Issue of Noel and Clark

history of tennisNoel, E. B. (Evan Baillie) and Clark, J. O. M. (James Oscar Max).
A History of Tennis. 

2 vols. London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1924.  No. 14 of 20 copies on handmade paper, not for sale, out of 820 copies printed.  Presentation binding: green half morocco.

Noel and Clark’s sumptuous volumes, while in the earlier sections a reworking of Marshall’s history (1878), also provides a detailed account of court tennis over the fifty years since Marshall was writing, with tournament records and valuable sketches of leading players.  The second volume includes a section on the literature of the game.  The Haggard Collection also has the standard issue of this work, on different paper, bound in blue buckram.  The work was republished in one stout volume in 1991.  

 

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