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Charles Garnier
Scientific Billiards. Garnier's Practice Shots, With Hints to Amateurs
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1, 3, & 5 Bond Street, 1880. First Edition. xii, [2] pp., 1-106 ff., each illustrated with a color lithograph, [1],108-109pp. Oblong 8vo. Publisher's gold cloth; black and green billiard table and gilt-title on upper cover, spine lettered in g. A very good tight copy with spine lettering dulled; light soil and light rubbing to binding; a neatly-written billiards-related gift inscription from 1910 to the front endpaper. A highly-desirable late 19th-century American billiards book; an instructional book for amateur players by a skilled master of the game. Garnier describes the game of billiards as not just recreational, but an exercise in health, noting one can walk a half or mile or more around the table, and the upper body and arms can be strengthened. Garnier's instruction is for three-ball billiards. His instructions of form and strategy can be adapted to other variations of the game of billiards. The book is chiefly comprised of 106 leaves. Each leaf is illustrated with a green billiard's table, shown from a top-down perspective with a caption beneath. Schematics drawn on the table, white and red lines, demonstrate the desired angles and trajectory of each shot. An example of the captioned text found beneath each illustration would be thus: "Strike your own ball 'hard,' a little below the center and on the left side, the red ball rather 'fine,' and the shot will be made by five cushions, bringing the balls together in the corner." A book prone to be found in a shaken binding and well-worn, this is a pleasing, handsome copy.
Bookseller: Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC [United States]
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