Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: 1940-1959

Bib No. 57 – HOW TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 57 – HOW TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : Latest of the Line. Each issue is a little sturdier, still 25c.

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Bib No. 354 – THE TABLE TENNIS TEACHER

Bib No. 354 – THE TABLE TENNIS TEACHER

Author : Harvard Table Tennis Co
Comments : Rather weak explanations and sketches. Well what do you expect for 10c.

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Bib No. 58 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 58 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Eric Hyde
Comments : 2 shilling version of the 1937 original

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Bib No. 59 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 59 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Eric Hyde
Comments : Price now gone up to 2 shillings and 6d, or as we said then ‘half a crown’, or as we say now 12 1/2 P

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Bib No. 60 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 60 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Jay Purves
Comments : Author’s real name was Jesse Purves. Basic book with poor illustrations, but it went through at least 6 printings. My copy of the 6th printing is dated 1942, but the 3rd printing is dated 1945. Because of the confusion I am listing my copies only (1942,1942 1945)

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Bib No. 61 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 61 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Jay Purves
Comments : See Notes on 1st printing, also 1945

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Bib No. 62 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 62 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Coleman Clark
Comments : The only major changes to this edition and the 2 earlier ones, concern rule changes with the introduction of the ‘expedite rule’ and the banning of finger spin service.

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Bib No. 63 – TOP NOTCH TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 63 – TOP NOTCH TABLE TENNIS

Author : Emily Fuller
Comments : Plenty of not very good photographs, but a very good text.

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Bib No. 64 – TOP NOTCH TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 64 – TOP NOTCH TABLE TENNIS

Author : Emily Fuller
Comments : My second printing copy does not have a Dust Jacket

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Bib No. 65 – TABLE TENNIS TIPS

Bib No. 65 – TABLE TENNIS TIPS

Author : Jack Carrington
Comments : Designed for the serviceman’s breast pocket and described as ‘the utility guide to the game’. Originally priced at 1 Shilling and well worth it.

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