Sports and Games

A Fox-Hunting Anthology: Selections from the Writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries - by E. D. Cuming Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edward William Dirom Cuming was born in 1862, the son of the late Colonel Edward William Cuming. He studied at private schools and then began working in business overseas, primarily in Lower Burma. Soon, having enough wealth, he was able to pursue his passion…Read more A Fox-Hunting Anthology: Selections from the Writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries
Chess Masterpieces: A Collection of Selected Games by World’s Masters - by W. H. Watts Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Chess is seemingly a universal game, played by people around the world, but is believed to have originated in India sometime during the 600s, then appearing in its more known incantation with the differently powered pieces over 800 years later in Spain. It wasn’t until…Read more Chess Masterpieces: A Collection of Selected Games by World’s Masters
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 Fly-Fishing in Northumberland, under the…Read more Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards
Gilded Play: Mary J. Jacques’s Pranks and Pastimes - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor During America’s late nineteenth-century, parlor games were a dominant leisure activity of the upper classes. The ‘Gilded Age,’ as Mark Twain termed it, was characterized by the separation between leisurely wealth and the harsh existence of the underclasses, cleft even wider with…Read more Gilded Play: Mary J. Jacques’s Pranks and Pastimes
Jiu-Jitsu Combat Tricks: Japanese Feats of Attack and Defence in Personal Encounter - by H. Irving Hancock Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Jiu-Jitsu is a style of combat that emerges from feudal Japan and has developed into various forms of other popular styles, such as Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In its original form, which developed in Japan during the 1500s, it was developed as a way…Read more Jiu-Jitsu Combat Tricks: Japanese Feats of Attack and Defence in Personal Encounter
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 schools, summer camps, parties, etc.,…Read more Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium
Salt Water Game Fishing - by Charles Frederick Holder Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace 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 rare…Read more Salt Water Game Fishing
Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook to the Safety Bicycle: Treating of Safety Bicycles, Their Varieties, Construction & Use - by Henry Sturmey Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace 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 above…Read more Sturmey’s Indispensable Handbook to the Safety Bicycle: Treating of Safety Bicycles, Their Varieties, Construction & Use
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 included a great deal of…Read more The History of Playing Cards: Anecdotes for Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune Telling & Card Sharping