London: Dean & Son, Ltd. (1897). Paperback. A relatively early introductory English billiards book, with just two copies found in OCLC, one copy held at the University of Cambridge and one at the British Library - both copies having the same pagination and 1897 date. OCLC accessed 06/17. Date inferred from ad inside lower cover. String bound illustrated cloth over card, 8vo (7-1/4 inches [18.2 cm] tall), pp. (1) - 64, (iii - ads), author portrait frontis, ad endpapers, heavily illustrated throughout with full page line drawings of variously named shots. Volume with modest wear and rubbing to covers, some toning to text with a partial crack to front hinge and two gutter cracks within, text clean and unmarked. Includes a two page author bio. on Mitchell at rear under the chapter "Our Foremost Players". Mitchell was the unofficial "All-In" World Champion in 1887, winner of the Championship of the World Tournament in 1889 and the winner of the "All-In" Billiard Association tournament World Championships from 1892-94. wiki. Good. Item #2662
A clean collectible copy of an uncommon billiards book - and perhaps reflecting in his own words on page 4, Dickens's slightly earlier sentiment "There are few more cheerful sights, when the evenings are long, and the weather dull, than a handsome, well-lighted billiard room, with the smooth, green surface of the billiard table; the ivory balls flying noiselessly here and there, or clicking musically together. Charles Dickens Jr., (1889)" wiki.
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