Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: 1900-1939

Bib No. 20 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 20 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : The same basic book as the ones above, but the section on ‘the four game’ has disappeared and there are one or two other minor text differences.

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Bib No. 21 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Soft cover edition of No 18

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Bib No. 22 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Same base book but different Publisher

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Bib No. 367 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Same base book but different Publisher

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Bib No. 23 – PING PONG, AS SEEN BY LOUIS WAIN

Author : Clifton Bingham
Comments : 8 coloured pictures by Louis Wain, humourously depicting Ping Pong as played by cats and accompanied by a short story in rhyme by Bingham. Wain was one of the most celebrated post card artists of the generation. The book is rare and likely to be very expensive because all Wain merchandise is highly collectable.

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Bib No. 24 – THE SCIENCE AND ART OF TABLE LAWN TENNIS

Bib No. 24 – THE SCIENCE AND ART OF TABLE LAWN TENNIS

Author : F W Last
Comments : A rival game being played on a table with Lawn Tennis court marking and played to Lawn Tennis rules (including volleying) . Despite the Author’s name it did not last.

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Bib No. 332 – THE LAWS OF TABLE TENNIS TOGETHER WITH THE ART OF PLAYING THE GAME

Bib No. 332 – THE LAWS OF TABLE TENNIS TOGETHER WITH THE ART OF PLAYING THE GAME

Author : The Table Tennis Association
Comments : A recently discovered item giving Rules and a short section on playing the game. The front cover shows the laws are for the period 1922-33. The inside cover shows 1922-23, and the laws themselves show 1222-1223 ??? I think the middle one is the most likely. It is in the ‘Cricket Press Series’ and although the author of this one is not shown, I feel that the similarity of title between this item and the immediately previous item by F W Last, lead me to think that the two authors are one and the same, (especially as an advertisement for David HE King, the publisher of the previous item, features prominently in these pages).

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Bib No. 25 – THE ABC OF TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 25 – THE ABC OF TABLE TENNIS

Author : C Delswar & J J Payne
Comments : A pocket book sized publication at a time of the Table Tennis revival. There is an intriguing section on tactics. Also there is a note of rule alterations as a result of a National Council meeting on 14/9/23 where the meeting was ready to accept the Welsh recommendation that all matches should be 50 points up, rather than being the best of 3 at 21 up. Phew! Near miss.

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Bib No. 26 – Table Tennis Today

Bib No. 26 – Table Tennis Today

Author : Ivor Montagu
Comments : Compulsive reading. Obviously now outdated, but very interesting and an insight into the early days, from probably the game’s greatest administrator.

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Bib No. 27 – A MANUAL OF PING PONG

Author : Cornelius Schaad
Comments : A somewhat bizarre account of TT USA style in the early days.

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