Library of Sports & Games

Trout-Fishing for the Beginner

by Richard Clapham Purchase As Richard Clapham introduced his work on trout fishing, “Although anglers are well supplied with books pertaining to their favourite sport, the majority of such volumes appeals more to the practised fisherman than the novice. Many a beginner, however, is dependent on books for information regarding…Read more Trout-Fishing for the Beginner

The Handbook of Conundrums

by Edith B. Ordway Purchase through Amazon Edith Bertha Ordway had a witty way with words. In this work, The Handbook of Conundrums, she offers hundreds of perplexing problems, puns, jokes and head-scratchers. Fans of bad jokes and surprising twists will enjoy this work. Ordway composed The Etiquette of Today…Read more The Handbook of Conundrums

The Laws of Ecarte: The Laws of Écarté, Adopted by The Turf and Portland Clubs with a Treatise on the Game

by Cavendish Purchase through Amazon  In the 19th century, Écarté was all the rage. The name is French for ‘discarded’ as the two player game focuses on each playing working to get rid of undesirable cards, and negotiating with the dealer for a set of potentially better cards. The game…Read more The Laws of Ecarte: The Laws of Écarté, Adopted by The Turf and Portland Clubs with a Treatise on the Game

Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook to the Safety Bicycle: Treating of Safety Bicycles, Their Varieties, Construction & Use

by Henry Sturmey Purchase through Amazon  Penny-farthings were part of the cycling craze from the Victorian era, also known as the high wheel bicycle. They were notoriously unstable due to their design, which featured a giant front wheel followed by a very small back wheel, leaving the rider perilously far…Read more Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook to the Safety Bicycle: Treating of Safety Bicycles, Their Varieties, Construction & Use

Salt Water Game Fishing

by Charles Frederick Holder Purchase through Amazon The ocean holds an untold amount of creatures; the depths are so great that all is not known about the ocean. Salt-water fishing offers participants an interesting challenge. Some participate for sport, in a quest to find unique specimens. Others are looking for…Read more Salt Water Game Fishing

Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards

by William Andrew Chatto Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace William Andrew Chatto (1799-1864) initially was employed in the wholesale tea business. However, his real passion was antiquarian scholarship, so in 1834, he gave up the family firm and devoted himself to writing full-time. His first work was entitled, Recollections of…Read more Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards

The History of Playing Cards: Anecdotes for Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune Telling & Card Sharping

by Rev. Ed. S. Taylor Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The History of Playing Cards offers a comprehensive look at the history and usage of cards, tracing their movements through India, China, the Middle East, and through Europe, with a heavy emphasis on cards in France and England. Taylor…Read more The History of Playing Cards: Anecdotes for Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune Telling & Card Sharping

Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium

Purchase through Amazon  |  Download FREE Kindle version  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium, first published in 1909, has been called “the most comprehensive and scholarly book on games.” It contains rules and variations of hundreds of games for…Read more Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium