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Cabinet Card of Four Players in Tennis Togs
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Cabinet Card of Four Players in Tennis Togs

Huntingdon, Pa: Kline, 1885. Unbound. Near Fine. Albumen photograph. Image size 4" x 6" on 4" x 6.75" thick card with photographers printed mark below the image and on the verso. Faint crease else near fine. Image of two men and two women in tennis clothing and bearing tennis wrappers. Ink notes identifying players by first names and dated in June 1885.

$200.00

The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss
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The Tennis Partner: A Doctor's Story of Friendship and Loss

By VERGHESE, Abraham

(New York): HarperCollins, 1998. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by Verghese to fellow author Nicholas Delbanco.

$35.00

Tennis
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Tennis

By WILLS, Helen

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. First edition. Boards very slightly bumped, still fine in attractive very good, internally tape repaired dustwrapper with some modest chipping at the spine ends. A nice copy of this anecdotal instructional and memoir, the first book by one of the all-time great women's tennis players.

$250.00

William of Cape May
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William of Cape May

By MOORE, William J.

[Cape May, New Jersey: Albert Hand Co, 1972. Softcover. Fine. First edition. Quarto. 35, [3]pp. Author's signature in facsimile. Stapled unprinted yellow wrappers. Just a touch of oxidation on the staples else fine. Locally published autobiography, undated but presumably prepared for his 100th birthday celebration in 1972. Moore was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1872, the son of freed slaves (in an autobiographical sketch he noted that four of his Great grandparents were of African descent, three were of Native-American descent, and one was white). He lived happily enough in this relatively tolerant and predominantly Quaker town, and later attended and graduated from Howard (then known as Howard Normal School) in 1892. Upon his return from college Moore became the first black teacher in West Cape May. Working summers at the local country club and golf course beginning in the earliest days of the 20th Century, Moore became, almost by default the club's tennis instructor, and by doing so became, according to at least a couple of sources, the first African-American tennis pro in the U.S. He continued to teach both school and tennis for more than half a century. On Moore's 100th birthday (which he attended on a stretcher because he had just broken a bone playing tennis a few days earlier) the tennis courts in Cape May were renamed the William J. Moore Tennis Center. He died about a year later in 1973. At the time of his death he was the oldest living graduate of Howard. The history of slavery in Cape May is interesting. The town was (and is) a prominent vacation spot, particularly for Southerners. Located below the Mason-Dixon Line at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, Cape May's residents maintained a tradition of owning both African and Native American slaves from the earliest days of its founding by whalers in the mid-1600s. The adjoining town of West Cape May was both a stop on the Underground Railroad, and became a refuge for both freed and escaped slaves, and is one of the earliest predominantly black communities in the U.S. Harriet Tubman reportedly worked as a domestic at Congress Hall, one of the grand hotels in the city of Cape May that continues to operate to this day. *OCLC* locates no copies of this autobiography. A reasonably concise biographical essay on Moore's life can be viewed here: http://nebula.wsimg.com/dc129fb6e153af396867a5ab3e91c5f2?AccessKeyId=076F02CAD71F2253514B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1.

$250.00

[Photo Album]: Garden Island, Sydney. The Base of the Royal Australian Navy. 1910-1914
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[Photo Album]: Garden Island, Sydney. The Base of the Royal Australian Navy. 1910-1914

Sydney, Australia, 1914. Hardcover. Near Fine. Folio. Gray and blue cloth boards with "Sunny Memories" on the front board, and 12 stiff card leaves. 125 gelatin silver images mostly approximately 3" x 4", mounted within rectangular or oval frames in the book. All photos with captions or titles on the mounts. A faint spot on the front board, but a very good or better internally clean album with bright about fine images. A very interesting photo album from the family of a high ranking Australian naval officer who resided at Garden Island, base of the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney (now a restricted area). The images include views of Garden Island: streets, the embankment with HMS Pegasus, Signal Hill on the Coronation Day, the interior of the island church, "Idol from Mallo Kollo Island" (Malakula, Vanuatu), "the tree planted by H.M. The King," "swimming bath," and others. Additionally there are a series of views depicting the Garden Island Tennis Club which is considered to be Australia's first lawn tennis court (built in 1880), showing the court itself and tennis court pavilion, group portraits of players shown during games or afterwards, posing with rackets. The album's owner or compiler (here designated as "H.C.") is in several photos, posing in naval uniform in his garden, on board HMS Encounter and on board a naval ship at the beginning of WWI (the last photo is dated November 1914). There are also portraits of (probably) his wife "Ad" and other naval officers and sailors, some designated by last names (Gosling, Baker, S.P.O. Trevin); views of their house and garden on Garden Island (the exterior, interiors of the drawing room and office, images of the front and kitchen gardens). Six interesting group portraits showing "Japanese officers at Garden Island" posing in white uniforms with "Ad" and another lady at the tennis club. Five photos depict the "Tresco" mansion - the official residence of the Naval Officer-in-Command at Garden Island (the exterior and interiors, "swimming bath", a view of the Sydney harbor from Tresco). Three photos show the Bristol biplane in Sydney with the following commentary: "one of two sent arrived Dec. 1910, flew Perth, then Melbourne, then Sydney, c. Feb. 1911." There are also images of numerous ships in Sydney harbor (HMS Fantome, HMS Cambrian, HMS Powerful, HMS Encounter, P&O S.S. Moldavia, HMS Pioneer et al.), Sydney botanical gardens, a series of photos from a trip to the Blue Mountains (Grand Canyon, Grose Valley, Kanimbla Valley, Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath, and others). Several photos reveal the album compiler's keenness for golf (images of the Blackheath golf links, the Royal Melbourne golf club and the Royal Sydney Gold club). Overall a very interesting illustration of the social life of Australian naval officers on Garden Island on the threshold of the First World War. "Garden Island, located in Sydney Harbour to the east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, has been associated with the defence of Sydney and eventually Australia, since the first fleet of convicts arrived in 1788. Garden Island is thus named because it was here that the crew of HMS Sirius of the First Fleet planted a vegetable garden in late January 1788. Garden Island has had connections with the Navy since the early days of the colony. As well as a garden, it housed a gun emplacement which guarded the passageway between Farm Cove and Pinchgut (Fort Denison) until the construction of Fort Macquarie on Bennelong Point. A similar gun pit was built on Gov. Macquarie's Point, but this was removed after Fort Macquarie was built and no trace of it remains today. In 1811 Gov. Macquarie declared Garden Island a civilian establishment and thus it stayed until 1856 when it was returned to the Royal Navy for use as a base. The base grew in a ramshackle manner with new buildings and facilities being added progressively over the next century. Today it is a restricted area and houses the Fleet Base of the Royal Australian Navy and the Garden Island Dockyard" (Garden Island/sydneyforeveryone.com.au). A fascinating and historically significant album.

$3500.00

Breakpoint
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Breakpoint

By BRINKLEY, William

New York: William Morrow and Co., Inc, 1978. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Near fine with lightly rubbed board edges and foxing on the page edge in a near fine dustwrapper with rubbing, marks, and the shadow of a sticker on the front panel.

$20.00

[Photo album]: "Triple Alliance"
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[Photo album]: "Triple Alliance"

[Central New Jersey], 1914. Unbound. Good. Photo album. Oblong octavo. Thick card leaves with inset grommets intended for string binding, now disbound. Contains 33 mounted gelatin silver images, mostly around 2.75" x 4.5" with several of the images either a little larger or smaller. Some of the margins of the thick card have chipped or broken away, the boards fair only, the images about very good with some uneven fading on some, and one chip in the corner of one image. The front board is hand-lettered "Triple Alliance", otherwise the album is mostly uncaptioned except for one image identified as "Centre town, New Jersey", but most with dates; all in either 1912, 1913 or 1914. An interesting album, apparently of a men's athletic club, most of the images depict younger men in athletic tank tops with the intertwined T & A logo of the Triple Alliance. The cheerful group are depicted playing baseball, brandishing tennis racquets, sailing, canoeing, swimming, on the beach or by a boathouse, and in a couple of images hugging girls. Provenance, as well as the one captioned photo, suggests that the album came from the Central New Jersey Shore area. The nearest match to Centre Town we could find in New Jersey was Centreton in Salem, N.J.

$500.00

Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women's Tennis Tour
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Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women's Tennis Tour

By WERTHEIM, L. Jon

(New York): HarperCollins, 2001. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Fine in near fine price-clipped dustwrapper.

$20.00

[Journal and Minutes Book]: Heathfield Park Lawn Tennis Club Minutes
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[Journal and Minutes Book]: Heathfield Park Lawn Tennis Club Minutes

London: Heathfield Park Lawn Tennis Club, 1895. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio ledger book. Approximately 172 pages, with many additional printed insertions. Contemporary quarter burgundy roan over cloth, with printed or stamped label. The binding is worn and displays modest dampstaining but is sound and good, interior is near fine. A bound manuscript and print account of the formation and history of an early London tennis club. The ledger contains minutes, details of meetings, elections and rule making, reports in the ledger signed by various officers of the club, and brackets for tournaments (including ladies' singles, ladies' consolation, and mixed-doubles tournaments). There are over 30 excellent scrap elements neatly tipped into the ledger at the appropriate places: mostly printed ephemera including nicely printed compilations of rules, lists of officers, a large folded broadside of club by-laws, invitations to fancy dress balls, financial reports, autographed letters from correspondents, accounts, and dance cards. The Heathfield Park Lawn Tennis Club was formed in 1888 by Emil Ernst, William Knight, Major R.P.B. Rodick, Dr. Edward E. Barret, and William Whitaker, and based at Willesden Green in North West London. By 1892, several women were elected both into membership and as officers of the club. These records date from the formation of the club until 1895. While tennis in its many iterations existed since the Middle Ages or even earlier, the modern version, as we know it today, was established in 1872, with the first lawn tennis club organized at Leamington Spa in 1874, and the All England Lawn Tennis Club established the Wimbledon Championships in 1877 in order to raise funds. This journal and scrapbook represents a particularly nice overview of the organization of a fashionable tennis club and its administration in the earlier days of organized competitive tennis, little more than a decade after the modern version was established.

$4500.00

The Merion Cricket Club: Charter, By-Laws, Officers and Members 1917
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The Merion Cricket Club: Charter, By-Laws, Officers and Members 1917

(Philadelphia: Patterson & White Company), 1917. Hardcover. Near Fine. 1917 edition. 12mo. 119, [1]pp. Brown cloth gilt. A little soiling and sunning on the boards, near fine. History of the Club with various lists of members, committees, and past officers. Laid in is stiff card announcing the officers of The Merion Cricket Club Military Instruction Corps.

$175.00

[Hand-lettered Broadside]: TENNIS. The Tennis Club will hold a Tournament thus ... on Alumni Oval to pick Men for the N.E.I. Tennis Assoc. Tourney: Boston. May 15:16:17: 1922
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[Hand-lettered Broadside]: TENNIS. The Tennis Club will hold a Tournament thus ... on Alumni Oval to pick Men for the N.E.I. Tennis Assoc. Tourney: Boston. May 15:16:17: 1922

By (Dartmouth College)

[Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth], 1922. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Broadside on paper, lettered in red and black. Approximately 8.75" x 13". Shrink-wrapped on foam core. Small chip one corner from where it was posted, small paper repairs on rear, still very good or better. An appealing hand-lettered broadside from Darmouth announcing a campus tournament to select the players that would represent the college at the annual New England Intercollegiate Tennis Association championship. Presumably unique.

$350.00

Official Lawn Tennis Rules

[New York]: United States Lawn Tennis Association, 1950. Softcover. Near Fine. 6"x3.5". [14pp]. Stapled wrappers. Some wrinkling, near fine. Instruction plus advertisements from Ashaway Products. Not dated, but best guess is late 1950s.

$20.00

The Racquet Game
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The Racquet Game

By DANZIG, Allison

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition. Introduction by Herbert N. Rawlins, Jr. Small dampstain at the top of the first two leaves, else near fine in a very attractive, very good dustwrapper with a faint stain on the rear panel (with illustration by Johan Bull). An overview, history, and statistics of racquet games including Court Tennis, Squash Racquets, and Squash Tennis. Very scarce in jacket.

$350.00

Wright & Ditson's Officially Adopted Lawn Tennis Guide for Nineteen Eighteen
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Wright & Ditson's Officially Adopted Lawn Tennis Guide for Nineteen Eighteen

By WRIGHT, Irving C., edited by

Boston: Wright & Ditson, 1918. Hardcover. Very Good. 365pp. Advertisements in rear. Original red and white wrappers bound in red cloth, black-stamped title on front. Owner's name penned on front fly, date penned on spine, cloth a bit mottled, else very good.

$125.00

Beyond the Game: An Autobiography
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Beyond the Game: An Autobiography

By JACOBS, Helen Hull

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1936. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. Thirty-two illustrations in aquatone. Contemporary owner's name on front fly, spine a bit cocked, else very good, lacking the dustwrapper. Memoir of the reigning women's tennis champion of the time, in much better than usual condition.

$75.00

The Book of Athletics
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The Book of Athletics

By WITHINGTON, Paul, edited by

Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepherd Co, 1914. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. First edition. 512 pp. Small crease and nick to front free endpaper, otherwise a fine and very bright copy in a complete but good only dustwrapper with a long closed tear across the front panel and another along the front flap fold. Very scarce in jacket. Football, baseball and track are covered most extensively, but sections are also included on rowing, hockey, tennis, swimming, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, basketball, golf, and the Olympic Games of 1912. Includes over two dozen photographic illustrations.

$225.00

Tennis for Everyone
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Tennis for Everyone

By SCHULTZ, Nikki

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1976. Softcover. Very Good. Reprint. Quarto pictorial wrappers. 96pp. Extremities worn, wrappers flared, else very good.

$20.00

Tennis: Its History, People and Events
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Tennis: Its History, People and Events

By GRIMSLEY, Will

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1971. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs. Spotting on top cloth board edges, corners lightly bumped, else near fine in a near fine price-clipped dustwrapper.

$20.00

Step By Step Tennis Skills: The Definitive Guide to Winning Play
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Step By Step Tennis Skills: The Definitive Guide to Winning Play

(New York): Barron's, 1990. Softcover. Fine. First American edition. Originally entitled *Lehrbuch Tennis by Deutscher.* Quarto pictorial wrappers. 143pp. Fine.

$15.00

How to Play Tennis the Professional Way
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How to Play Tennis the Professional Way

By TRENGOVE, Alan, edited by

(New York): A Fireside Book / Simon and Schuster, 1964. Softcover. Very Good. Later printing. Glossy wrappers. 160pp. Bottom corner creased, else very good.

$15.00

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