Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: All Books

Bib No. 16 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 16 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : This is thought to be the first issue of the various editions and revisions, for both sides of the Atlantic. In most cases the advertisements at front end and rear end, differ from one edition to the next. Parker was a 24 year old Bank Clerk who suddenly found himself World Ping Pong Champion. This book and the other Parker variants on it, were by far and away the best selling books of the early years. It is estimated that there are at least 19 different variants on this books, and all are slightly different. I have chosen to include books by the 6 different publishers. These are Unwin (London), Fenno (NY), Ogilvie(NY), Abraham & Strauss(NY), Putnams(NY) and Jordan Marsh (Boston USA).The differences occur between similar printings, differing advertisements, between hard and soft covers,between minor inclusions or exclusions for Doubles play, scoring methods or minor alterations for instruction. For a detailed description of these differences please read the excellent articles by Steve Grant and Jorge Arango in issue 71 of TT Collector Magazine.

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Bib No. 17 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : The red cover shows a picture of Parker demonstrating a backhand.

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Bib No. 18 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 18 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Intriguing book on the game by ‘Ping Pong Parker’ himself. Illustrations of all the strokes, ball picker-ups, gas lighting etc. All players in full evening dress of course. Also published as paperback in New York as well as hard back in London. See notes below.

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Bib No. 19 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 19 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Intriguing book on the game by ‘Ping Pong Parker’ himself. Illustrations of all the strokes, ball picker-ups, gas lighting etc. All players in full evening dress of course. Also published as paperback in New York as well as hard back in London. See notes below.

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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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