Bibles

  • 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