picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title The Art of Delivery - The Bowlers' Handbook No. 1
Author Prof Maxwell Walker
Publisher C A Innes & MacGregor Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
First published 1933
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.4 x 13.8
Number of pages 36
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 7 None
Synopsis As the following quaintly-written extract reveals the relative scarcity of bowls titles as compared with books on other sports was evident in the 1930s, as it is now:
    It is remarkable that whereas for other games such as cricket, tennis, golf, there are text-books and disquisitions innumerable for the guidance of the novice, very little in the way of connected tratment has been attempted for bowls, so that the ambitious aspirant at the game has nothing to guide his faltering steps, except spasmodic articles published here and there.

The book's title is a little misleading in that 'delivery' is just one of three sections, subdivided as follows:

  • Section I - Choice of Bowls (width between the discs; material; size and weight; bias; four bowls alike)
  • Section II - Delivery (grip; stance; balance or poise; swing; release; follow through; follow up)
  • Section III - Different Types of Shots (drawing shot; yard-over shot; trail; running shot; drive)

The words 'The Bowlers' Handbook No.1' are included intriguingly on the front cover and the first page of the preliminary matter, but there is no clue as to their significance. Perhaps we will never know.