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#12-01 The Billiard Encyclopedia may be the most authoritative and historical book ever written on the game of billiards. About 10 inches wide, 13 inches tall, the 640 pages contain extensive photographs and information on the cues, tables and personalities that were significant in the evolution of pool and billiards. A must-have book for every home billiard room. Limited-time offer: $50.00 with purchase of $500.00 or more. Regular price: $150.00.
#12-02 Reprint of Brunswick-Balke-Collender catalog from 1923-1924. Out of print for years, this high-quality full-color reproduction of Brunswick's original catalog is an important piece of billiard history. It features many tables, including the Aviator, Wilmington, Madison, Regal, Regina, Rochester, Arcade and includes color photos and technical information about each table. It details the history of the company and gives information on how tables are constructed. It also shows the full line of billiard accessories, soda fountain equipment and tobacco cases available for sale at the time. Each of the 68 pages is about 13 inches wide, 9 inches tall. Protective dust cover included. $50.
#12-03 Brunswick-Balke-Collender catalog from 1881. Reprinted in 1973, this high-quality reproduction of Brunswick's original catalog is printed on heavy paper and each page is ideal for framing. It features many tables, including the Monarch, Nonpariel, Eclipse and Exposition Novelty and lists original prices and types of woods used. It also shows the full line of unusual home tables, cue racks and ball racks that were available for sale at the time. Each of the 8 pages is about 13 inches tall, 11 inches wide. $20.
#12-04 Rarest of the rare! Personal note written and signed by J.M. Brunswick himself. Dated August 6, 1876, it tells members of the J.M. Brunswick and Balke Company that the Cincinnati office has "never made any money" and as a result, personal expense accounts will be limited to a maximum of $50 per month per person. Original document, not a copy. A unique and important piece of U.S. and Brunswick history. About 8 inches wide and 12 inches tall. $3,500.00.
#12-05 A very rare document signed by Julius Balke, who at the time was corporate secretary of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. Addressed to Leo Schmidt, another corporate officer, this tells of scheduling the annual meeting of stockholders on February 18, 1894. A notation at the lower left, presumably by Mr. Schmidt, complains of the short notice. Original document on Brunswick stationary, not a copy. A one-of-a-kind piece of history. About 8 inches wide and 7 inches tall. $2,000.00.
#12-06 Commemorative rulebook issued by the Billiard Congress of America in 1998 in observance of their 50th year. A must-have for the serious billiard enthusiast, this work includes rules for most popular billiards games, guidance for referees and instructional tips for beginning players. Winners of all past championships are listed, along with world record holders and biographies of Hall of Fame members. A total of 240 pages, about 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Soft-cover version (left) $40, special edition with embossed hard cover and gold leaf lettering (right) $250.
#12-07 This three volume set is one of the most rare billiard publications ever. "The Billiard Atlas" by Walt Harris was first published in 1991 and won immediate acclaim for its unique description of aiming systems for banks and caroms. Subsequent volumes were published in 1993 and 1996 and included detailed discussions of mechanics, stroke techniques and mental issues. Said by many to be an indispensible reference work. Set of 3 volumes $4,500.00
#12-08 "Billiards" by Tom Reece (left), published in 1915. It includes 84 illustrations and photographs of game situations. Includes chapters devoted to a history of the game, instructional tips and methods of practicing. 312 pages, about 5 inches wide, 8 inches tall, good condition $200. "Billiards" by Walter Lindrum (right) was first published in 1930. This third edition published in 1934 contains 78 photos and diagrams and appears to be signed by the author on the inside of the front binding. Includes instructions for breaks, position play and temperament. 149 pages, about 5 inches wide, 8 inches tall, good condition $150.
#12-09 This Willie Hoppe book was one of the first instructional works by the great players of the 1900s. Published in 1941, it includes 96 diagrams and 37 high-quality photographs that illustrate his techniques. His explanation of the diamond system provided insight that had been previously unavailable to the general public. 78 pages, about 8 inches wide, 11 inches tall. Hard cover (as shown) $70, soft cover (not shown) $35.
#12-10 Instruction manuals by two of the greatest players in billiards history. "Minnesota Fats on Pool" (left) gives his insights on shotmaking and mechanics. Includes game rules for many of the popular billiard games. Printed in 1976, 120 pages, about 4 inches wide, 7 inches tall. $20. "Pocket Billiard Fundamentals" (right) by Jimmy Caras, was first printed in 1948. This updated edition from 1980 covers cue selection, game strategy, and includes a special section on trick shots. 80 pages, about 5 inches wide, 7 inches tall. $30
#12-11 Daly's Billiard Book (left), 1934 edition, is an excellent reference book for pool enthusiasts. Extensive discussion of position play. Illustrated with more than 400 diagrams, 30 technical photographs and three "strategy maps." 276 pages, about 5 inches wide, 7 inches tall, good condition $150. "The Game of Billiards" (right) by John Roberts, was published in London. This 1905 first edition includes 142 diagrams of interesting shots, often on the snooker table. Includes instructions on cleaning and maintaining the pool table and equipment. 124 pages, about 5 inches wide, 7 inches tall, fair condition, $225.
#12-12 "How to Play Snooker" by Stanley Newman (left) is a second edition published in 1936. The introduction is by billiards champion Tom Newman. Contains numerous photos and diagrams and tips for players of all abilities. Sections devoted to mechanics, rules. and techniques of the pros. 81 pages, about 5 inches wide and 7 inches tall. Good condition. $40. "Billiards and Snooker for Amateurs" by Horace Lindrum is a great addition to any historical billiard library. First published in 1937, this thoroughly revised 1948 edition includes numerous drawings and diagrams throughout the 117 pages of helpful tips for casual players. About 5 inches wide and 7 inches tall. Excellent condition. $35.
#12-13 "Hustlers, Beats, and Others" (left) is the classic study of deviant behavior by renowned sociologist Ned Polsky. Poolrooms and their hustlers, beats and jazz musicians are just some of the diverse subjects expertly woven together in this groundbreaking work. 1998 edition, 265 pages. about 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Condition as new. $600. "The Hustler's Handbook" by Steve Allen (right) is the manual of how to play pool for fun and for profit. This rare copy of the out-of-print book contains chapters on slumps, choking and intimidation. 268 pages, about 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. Condition as new. $200.
#12-14 "The Game of Billiards" has been one of the standards of billiard instruction since first published in 1964. This nice example is from the fifth printing and would be a nice addition to any collection of billiard references. Features many clear line-drawings of bridges, a variety of which are described in detail, a brief history of the game, and a brief discussion of the great players and equipment for playing the various games. 165 pages, about 6 inches wide and 9 inches tall. Good condition. $20.
#12-15 Published in 1966 by the A.E. Schmidt Company, this rare collection of material contains information not available elsewhere. Included are rules for 65 games, some quite obscure. Directions for conducting tournaments and maintaining cues, tables and other equipment is available in detail. 126 pages, about 9 inches wide, 12 inches tall. Good condition, $50