London: The Field Office, 1878.
First edition. Frontispiece and illustrations throughout, 45 wood engraved illustrations on 27 plates. [viii], 226 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Original brown cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Inner hinges repaired, else near fine. Bookplate of one Thomas Gage on front pastedown Whitman p. 192; Garnett p. 294: "a most comprehensive book on the history of tennis, location of early courts, great players, and all aspects of the game."; Henderson p. 192. Item #314570
A fresh and attractive copy of one of the standard works on the subject. A portion of the book appeared in “The Field” from August 1876 to November 1877, but the text was expanded and extensively revised. Includes chapters on tennis in England and abroad, history of the game, the court and its implements, and the methods of play.
In a variant binding (the standard binding is green cloth).
Price: $2,500.00 Free International Delivery