picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title Quoits and Horseshoe Pitching. Lawn Bowls and the Italian Game of 'Boccie'
Compiling body American Sports Publishing Company
Publisher American Sports Publishing Company, New York, USA
First published 1930
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price 25 cents
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
16.9 x 12.6
Number of pages 64 (including advertisements)
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None 3 (bowls section)
Synopsis This handbook is one of the Spalding 'Red Cover' series of athletic handbooks - No 86R. Its bowls section covers 28 pages and is divided into six parts: a short untitled historical preamble with emphasis on the introduction of the game into the USA, followed by sections on 'Essentials of the Game', 'How to Play the Game', 'How to Build a Green', 'Laws of the Game Adopted by the Scottish Bowling Association' and 'Rules for the Game of Points'. For many readers, the game of points will be unfamiliar.

Points is referred to in a number of early bowls books and was played on a green specially set up to challenge one's ability at four bowls' skills - one rink per discipline: drawing, guarding (blocking), trailing the jack, and driving. Descriptions and diagrams explain the set-up of each discipline. Four woods were bowled at each 'target', with bowls being played on the fore and backhand alternately, and the game was played over two rounds, ie a total of 32 woods were delivered. Detailed rules are given for scoring.

Can anyone recall playing this game or seeing it being played?