1850 The Game of Billiards: Scientifically Explained, and Practically Set Forth, in a Series of Novel and Extraordinary, But Equally Practical Strokes; and Illustrated By Numerous Appropriate Diagrams. To Which is Added the Rules and Regulations Which Govern the Numerous Games as They are Played at the Present Day in all the Countries of Europe
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Folding Plates, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Rebound, Uncommon
The fifth edition of this uncommon work.
One of the earliest and most important works on billiards, written by Edwin Kentfield, the reigning Champion of the sport from 1820 to 1849.
In this work Kentfield explores the history of the sport, and neatly lays out the rules and regulations the game.
This was written during an uprising popularity of the sport in England, prior to there being a governing body of the game, which was eventually formed in 1885.
Illustrated with a folding frontispiece, ninety-three plates, and three additional plates, 'Instructions for Building a Billiard Room', 'Thurston's Improved Gas Branch for Billiard Tables', and an advertisement 'John Thurston, Billiard Table Manufacturer'.
The frontispiece depicts the interior of a billiard room.
Two pages of adverts to the rear.
Rebacked in a quarter calf binding with the original cloth restored to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Light marks and rubbing to the boards and spine. Minor bumping to the extremities. Spine is a little discoloured. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some spotting. Folding frontispiece is cloth backed, repairing a small closed tear. Light edge wear and small closed tears to plate XLI.
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