Ball Games

Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to football, rugby, cricket, baseball, tennis, billiards, and all other ball games, with the exception of golf, which has its own category.

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  1. Famous Footballers. 1895-1896.
    FOOTBALL - ALCOCK, C. W., & Rowland Hill (eds.) Famous Footballers. 1895-1896.

    London : 1896

    First collected edition, originally issued in 14 fascicles as Famous Footballers and Athletes 1895-96. A superb visual record depicting the leading contemporary football and rugby players and teams alongside administrators and the most celebrated football sides of the day, including Sheffield United, Hull, Stoke, Royal Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Leicester... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 131462

  2. Athletics and Football.
    BADMINTON LIBRARY - SHEARMAN, Montague. Athletics and Football.

    London : 1887

    First edition, number 48 of 250 large-paper copies. Running to five editions, Shearman's book "stood the test of time for its comprehensiveness and for the quality of its writing" (ODNB). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141851

  3. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1938.
    CRICKET. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1938.

    London : 1938

    First edition of the 1938 volume of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. The Cricketers' Almanack, often called "the bible of cricket" was first published in 1864 (the statement of 75th edition on the book refers to its place in the series) and remains in print today. With the "cricket bat" bookmark, and fragments of original wraparound. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144360

  4. Imperial Cricket.
    WARNER, Pelham Francis (ed.) Imperial Cricket.

    London : 1912

    First edition, number 174 of 900 copies (with a further 100 issued signed), of this profusely illustrated survey of the history of cricket and its present state across the world, published to coincide with a triangular Test series between England, Australia and South Africa to celebrate imperial bonds, a book that thus "seems to embody with confidence... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141848

  5. The Road to Wimbledon.
    MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.

    New York & London : 1946

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed, this is the first memoir by Alice Marble (1913-1990), ranked World No. 1 from 1936 to 1940. She became Wimbledon champion in 1939, winning not only the women's singles, but also the doubles and mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean King recalled: "Alice Marble... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134406

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