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The Game of Billiards (Cover title: A Manual of the Game of Billiards) by  Michael Phelan - Hardcover - 3rd Edition - 1858 - from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper (SKU: 008003)

The Game of Billiards (Cover title: A Manual of the Game of Billiards)

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The Game of Billiards (Cover title: A Manual of the Game of Billiards)

by Phelan, Michael

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New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1858. 3rd Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. "Revised, Enlarged, and Richly Embellished with Engravings." Complete with 267 pages and tissue-protected frontispiece showing the author. 28 full-page diagrams with in-text illustrations throughout. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages; front free endpaper has a faint corner crease. Light cover wear; the gilt cover decoration is in nice shape. The spine is sunned and the lettering is faded but still legible.

Includes information or the game's origin, tables, cues, cushions, balls, rules, techniques, shots, jargon, and playing rooms, as well as sections on billiards humor and Shakespeare as a billiard player.

This was the second book on billiards published in the U.S. The Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame notes that "Michael Phelan is considered by many to be the Father of American Billiards as a player, inventor, manufacturer and tireless popularizer of billiards. He played in and won the first billiard stakes match in 1859, and holds many patents for table designs and cushions. He is credited as being the first to put diamonds on tables. He authored Billiards Without A Master (1850), the first American book on billiards, and set the trend for lavish billiard rooms through his New York room on Broadway."


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The Game of Billiards (Cover title: A Manual of the Game of Billiards)
Phelan, Michael
Hard Cover
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3rd Edition
D. Appleton & Company
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