Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: 1900-1939

Bib No. 48 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 48 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Ivor Montagu
Comments : The definitive book of the game for the period. Well illustrated and extremely informative.

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Bib No. 49 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 49 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Ivor Montagu
Comments : Reprint of the above.

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Bib No. 50 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 50 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Eric Hyde
Comments : A simple well produced guide

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Bib No. 51 – HOW TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : Reprint of 1935 booklet.

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Bib No. 52 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 52 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : Clark’s 3rd Book made him the most well known coach in the USA, but technically the books were not up to the high levels of Jack Carrington’s ‘Modern Table Tennis ‘ of the same year.

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Bib No. 53 – MODERN TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 53 – MODERN TABLE TENNIS

Author : Jack Carrington
Comments : The best technical book up to this time, and still reasonably accurate when the final edition was issued in 1960. It became the best seller of any TT book, with the text suffering only minor alterations, and the models later changed to short trousers. In 1965 the author told me that in that year someone bought the book and a week later returned it complaining that the title was misleading, as it had been written 26 years earlier.

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Bib No. 54 – TABLE TENNIS COMES OF AGE

Bib No. 54 – TABLE TENNIS COMES OF AGE

Author : Sol Schiff
Comments : An excellent book, much of which is still relevant today. Schiff was a great player and a good author, but I always feel a little sorry that he will be remembered more for being ‘the king of finger spin’ rather than as one of the best players to have ever played the game.

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Bib No. 55 – MODERN TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 55 – MODERN TABLE TENNIS

Author : Jack Carrington
Comments : This is the 1st US Edition of the original 1938 UK edition. My copy has a tan coloured hard cover with no DJ. Except for thefly leaf as shown, I can see no differences to the UK edition – even printed in UK.

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Bib No. 56 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 56 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : See notes on the Bibliography No 52

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Bib No. 353 – HOW TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 353 – HOW TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : Former US Champion Clark, gives his latest offering. I thought that this was one of the gifts with a boxed set, but seeing a 25c price tab on the cover, makes me have second thoughts.

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