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2005 update: Actually I have loads more books than those on this page but don't have the time to list them all. If you would like a full list, let me know.



The History of Chess, HJR Murray, 1913, Oxford University Press.  Quite rare

Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations Volumes1 & 2, revised edition, R.C. Bell, 1979, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-23855-5
(Orig. pub.by Oxford University Press, Vol.1 in 1960 and a second edition in 1969, Vol.2 in 1969.

'The Guinness book of Traditional Pub Games', Arthur R. Taylor, 1992.  Out of print.


General Games books

Hoyles Games Modernised, Lawrence H. Dawson, 1923, George Routledge & Sons.

The Complete Hoyle's Games, Revised & update by Lawrence H. Dawson, 1994, Wordworth Editions Ltd., ISBN 1-85326-316-8

Scarne's Encyclopedia of Games, John Scarne, 1983

'The Story of Pub Games', 1997, Brewers & Licensed Retailers Association,

'Pub Games of England', Timothy Finn, Second Edition 1981, The Oleander Press, ISBN 0 900891 66 1 (Softback ISBN 0 900891 67 X) (First published by Queen Anne Press, 1975)

Games of many Nations, E.O. Harbin, 1955, Arco Publishers Ltd.

Encylopedia of Traditional Games, Pietro Gorini, English edition 1994, Gremese International, ISBN 88-7301-009-1


Specific Games books

Know The Game: Oriental Board Games

'The Badminton Story', Bernard Adams

'A Brief History of the Noble Game of Billiards' by Mike Shamos, Curator of The Billiard Archive, a non-profitable organisation created to preserve the game's history

Queen of Games A History of Croquet, Nicky Smith, 1991, George Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 0 297 81176 2

A Picture History of Chess, Edited by Fred Wilson, 1981, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-23856-3



I'll looking for the following if anyone can help me:

Fiske - History of Chess in Iceland






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