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Scarce 1880 "Scientific Billiards - Garnier's Practice Shots" First Edition Hardbound Book

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We savor every opportunity to handle billiards collectibles—especially of this vintage and caliber. Authored by Albert Garnier and published by D. Appleton and company, the tome measures approximately 7x9 and rates VG with a minor spine split at the inside front cover. Just for a taste of the book's delightful 19th-century sensibilities, here's how its preface begins: "Within the last few years, the game of billiards has become so much improved and has undergone such important modifications in its theory and practice that its character is now entirely changed. It has long been recognized as a most healthful and entertaining form of recreation. A player, even of moderate skill, finds in it complete mental relaxation and an amount of general muscular exercise which can not fail to be beneficial, especially to persons of sedentary life. In an ordinary game of one hundred points, each player must walk a half a mile or more, and the muscles of the upper part of the body, especially of the arms, are constantly brought into play."

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