Crystal Palace Speedway
A History of the Glaziers
Having witnessed short-track motorcycle racing in Australia in the 1920s, two entrepreneurs brought the spectacle to London, building a track in Crystal Palace Park. This book tells the history of the early years of British speedway and the Crystal Palace Glaziers team, who raced at the circuit in the late 1920s and 1930s, and explains how poor management led to the closure of the track before the post-war speedway boom.
Thomas J Lipton's America's Cup Campaigns
The Saga of One Man's Three-Decade Obsession with Winning the America's Cup
Having built up his grocery empire and established his famous tea brand, Thomas Lipton used his wealth to enter a yacht for the America's Cup in 1899. This book tells the story of his subsequent obsession, challenging on five more occasions over the next three decades. Drawing on contemporary accounts and newspaper reports, the book includes a summary of the early years of the race and reviews the developments in yacht design up to and during the Lipton challenges.
The International Tennis Federation
A Century of Contribution to Tennis
Inspired by earlier racquet games, lawn tennis was devised in the 1870s; it quickly became established around the world with prestigious championships and competitions and the formation of the International Lawn Tennis Federation in 1913. This illustrated history celebrates the Federation’s role in the development of the sport, standardizing the rules of the early game, popularizing it beyond its original heartlands (the ‘Lawn’ was dropped in 1977) and evolving tennis at the elite level from amateur beginnings to today’s professional sport.
Wisden on Grace
In 1864, shortly after retiring from professional cricket, John Wisden published the inaugural volume of the famous Almanack that still bears his name; coincidentally, the same year saw WG Grace (1848-1915) first make his mark, with an innings of 170 for South Wales. This volume comprises notable scorecards from WG's long career and a selection of contemporary Wisden articles about the man whom it called 'the greatest of the world's cricketers'.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing
Floodlights and Touchlines
A History of Spectator Sport
The codification of field games, the setting up of leagues and the desire to bet on the outcome of matches all contributed to the growth of spectator sport; professionalism and big business followed close behind. From ancient chariot races and boxing matches, this much-acclaimed study explores the history of games as entertainment, the politics and governance of modern sport, and the factors that draw so many of us into the drama.
The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset
When rank outsider Foinavon avoided the chaos that halted the rest of the field at the 1967 Grand National and won the race at 100-1, he became an instant celebrity. This book by a former sports editor of the Financial Times tells the background story of the unfancied chaser from Ireland, and examines the lasting impact of this most romantic and unlikely of sporting miracles.
Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
The 1926 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes was the first major British victory for the amateur Bobby Jones (1902-1971), thanks to a remarkable recovery shot on the 17th hole of the final round. This book explores the sporting life and legacy of one of the greats of the game through this pivotal championship and Jones's tussle over the Lancashire links with fellow Americans Walter Hagen and Al Watrous. Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lords, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements.
WG Grace Ate My Pedalo
A Curious Cricket Compendium
'Spoof Victorian cricket annuals were funnier when I were playing,' is the remark bogusly attributed to Geoffrey Boycott in response to this book. Authentically styled as a late Victorian journal, it purports to have been published in 1896 but is in fact a parody that cleverly mixes cricketing nostalgia with the modern game and pokes fun at the characters of the sport old and new.
The Promise of Endless Summer
Cricket Lives from the Daily Telegraph
It is striking that the passing of a prominent cricketer, Denis Compton, in 1997 was a significant enough event for the Prime Minister John Major to write a tribute for the Daily Telegraph. This book includes a collection of such testimonials to the heroes of the wicket from Bradman and Hutton to Trueman and Greig, written by an equally august cast of writers including EW Swanton and Christopher Martin-Jenkins.
A History of Chess
The Original 1913 Edition
First published in 1913, Murray's work remains the most comprehensive discussion of the sources for chess history and of chess problems. The aim of the study is threefold: to present as complete a record as possible of the varieties of chess which have existed; to investigate the ultimate origin of these games; and to trace the development of the modern European game since the first appearance of its ancestor, the Indian chaturanga, in the seventh century CE. Reprint.
Arcangelo Tucarro's illustrated book on gymnastics and acrobatics, Trois dialogues de l'exercise de sauter, et vortiger en l'air dates from 1599. This facsimile is of a copy belonging to Henry Prince of Wales, son of James I. This book is from the Archival Facsimile series of reprints of first or important editions in the British Library. In this case, the facsimile is of a copy belonging to Henry Prince of Wales, son of James I. Although published in 1987, this is a new copy. No jacket.
Out of the Shadows
Motor racing track marshal at weekends and keen amateur photographer, Roger Lane attended the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and his images earned him a commission from Agfa to record the colour and atmosphere of international motor racing. These never-before-published photographs show the paddock and trackside scene at Formula 1, sports and saloon car events in the late 1960s, including behind-the-scenes pictures of teams and drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
Closer to the Action in the 80s and 90s
Bryan Apps has been observing the motor racing scene since the 1950s and through his friendship with team owner Ken Tyrrell was invited into the pits and paddock of every British Grand Prix between 1985 and 1997. This portfolio of his photographs of those events presents an access-all-areas view of the cars, drivers, mechanics and team managers during a period that saw British wins for Mansell, Herbert and Hill, and all-time greats such as Senna, Prost and Schumacher locking horns.
Female Racing Drivers 1888-1970
This coffee-table book presents more than 40 portraits of women who competed in speed-record events, rallies and Grand Prix races, shedding new light on an often-overlooked aspect of the history of motor racing. Organized chronologically, with brief introductions to each era, the profiles are full of character and detail, and are accompanied by hundreds of archive photos including publicity stills, car close-ups, track-side shots, logbooks, programmes and pictures of drivers with their hair down, sometimes literally.
Golf in the Heather and Gorse
Golf may have been invented on the seaside links of Scotland, but many of Britain's finest courses are inland layouts on beautiful tracts of heathland, parkland and moorland. Celebrating some of the best courses in England and Scotland and containing over 300 colour photographs, this book provides detailed course descriptions and travel information for more than 70 famous golf destinations from the north of Scotland to Cornwall, including such gems as Gleneagles, Woburn, Wentworth and St Mellion.
The Oval World
A Global History of Rugby
A set of football rules was first produced at Rugby School in 1845, but the early growth of the game had much to do with the account in Tom Brown's Schooldays, which described the uncodified version of the 1830s. This comprehensive history of rugby traces its roots in medieval village football, describes how it spread around the world and explains how the rules and organization of the sport have evolved from Tom Brown's day to the modern professional era.
Wisden Cricketers of the Year
A Celebration of Cricket's Greatest Players
Since 1889 Wisden has selected five players in its annual publication as 'Cricketers of the Year'. Players are never chosen twice so the list stands as a roll call of the very finest, as well as highlighting notable performers at levels beneath the international and test arenas. Wilde's book celebrates all 570 recipients (up to 2013), explains why they were chosen and summarizes their full sporting career, and features tables of statistics and a wealth of archive photos. Silk marker. Off-mint.
Images of the Games Through History
The Olympic Games have provided many powerful visual stories thanks to unforgettable sporting moments but also to evocative design and presentation, exemplified by Leni Riefenstahl's groundbreaking film of the 1936 Berlin Games. This thoughtful analysis considers the design of posters, medals and stadia over the years as well as the resonance of images such as the terrorist in the athletes' village at the Munich Games and the American sprinters' Black Power salute in Mexico City.
Trick Riding for Amateurs
With the aid of a collection of instructional photographs of soberly dressed Edwardian gentleman and lady cyclists, this book demonstrates a series of stunts of varying difficulty, from a stationary balance to riding backwards seated on the handlebars. An amusing curiosity for today's army of cycling enthusiasts, the book is a facsimile edition of a volume first published in 1901.
The Origins of the Football League
The First Season 1888-89
In the first round of fixtures of the Football League in 1888, Preston North End beat Burnley 5-2 and began an unbeaten run that would make them champions of the new 12-team league. This detailed history of the historic season examines how the league was formed, recalls incidents that paved the way for the introduction of the goal net and the penalty kick, and includes reports of every match and profiles of every player.
Celtic changed from vertical green stripes to the famous hoops in the early years of the 20th century, and the distinctive jersey has since been worn by many of the greatest names in Scottish football. This book collects the official team photos from the first season of 1888 to the 2006-7 season as well as player portraits of legends such as Jock Stein and Bobby Murdoch. Changing Faces series.
Glasgow Rangers was founded in 1872, but the earliest team photograph known to exist dates from 1877 when they reached the Scottish Cup Final. This volume contains 102 First Team group photographs as well as profile pictures of individual players, charting Rangers from its earliest days to the star-studded teams of the 1990s and the representatives of the bankrupt and demoted club of 2011-12. Changing Faces series.
Midget Car Racing
Belle Vue Speedway 1934-39
Bringing motor racing within the reach of modest budgets, midget car meetings were a popular attraction on British speedway dirt tracks in the 1930s. Although a short-lived craze, in its heyday some events attracted over 60,000 people. This chronicle of an all but forgotten branch of British motorsport focuses on Manchester's Belle Vue Speedway and includes period photographs of the cars and drivers and contemporary publicity material.
Infographic Guide to Sports
Serena Williams may be all conquering in women's tennis but as one of the colourful graphics in this book points out, she has not yet managed to surpass Monica Seles in the volume of her grunting. This entertaining volume presents 80 amusing artworks analysing aspects of different sports, from a diagrammatic plan of the Ali shuffle to the 35 designs of Olympic torch between Berlin 1936 and Sochi 2012.
Graham Hill Scrapbook 1929-1966
Lavishly produced, including hundreds of colour photographs, reproductions of motor racing memorabilia and a foreword by Damon Hill, this is the first of two volumes on Graham Hill (1929-1975), who remains the only racing driver to have won the triple crown of the World Championship, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24-Hour race. The book ends in 1966, with Hill having accomplished the second of these famous victories. Copies signed by the author and Damon Hill. Slip-cased.