Collecting: The Tennis Bookshop


Alan Chalmers of The Tennis Bookshop has a new REAL/COURT TENNIS AND RACKETS/RACQUETS COLLECTION OF BOOKS AND ENGRAVINGS for sale. Please contact Alan if you are interested on

Within 2 weeks of announcing the availability of this large collection, already more than half the items listed are sold.

This update post is to draw to your attention some of the important and excellent condition items that remain unsold.

Alan regards this as an excellent opportunity for those interested in acquiring such items, especially as they are all priced for the buyers.  The full catalogue, price list and scans are available on request.

Featured books, all of which are recommended to collectors, include:

** Academie des Jeux including Paume 1800c £200

** The Book of Racquets by Atkins 1872; extremely rare £1975

** The Annals of Tennis by Marshall 1878 in green boards £650

** Tennis: Lawn Tennis: Rackets; Fives, The Badminton Library large paper 1890 £250

** Paris Sportif 1896; exceptional book on Parisian sport including Paume £200

** La Paume et le Lawn-Tennis by Nanteuil et al 1898; a major French title and a beautiful book £750

** The House on Sport 1898, The London Stock Exchange and its sporting activities £100 

** The Book of Sport 1901, massive folio book about sports in Eastern USA £350

** Racquets, Tennis & Squash by Miles (1903 (USA) edition, 1st 20th century book on these games £250

** A History of Tennis by Noel & Clark 1924, 2 volumes in extremely rare dustwrappers, only 425 sets £1975

** La Magnifique Histoire de Jeu de Paume by de Luze 1933, some pages still uncut £250

** Art of the Tennis-Racket Maker and of Tennis by de Garsault 1938 1 of 250 copies £150

…and many more modern books of the 20th and the 21st centuries at excellent value.

Featured engravings (for which a separate list is also now available) include:

** Serment du Jeu de Paume a Versailles 1800c £100

** The Tennis Court at Strathfieldsaye 1845 £50

** Opening of the New Prince’s Club Knightsbridge 1889 £50

** The Early Days of Sports: No 3 Tennis Ancestor of the Modern Game 1908c £50

 Please let me know if you would like to receive much expanded details on these and many other books and engravings.

Alan Chalmers

The Tennis Bookshop