picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title The Gentle Art of Bowling - A Practical Guide to the Game
Author Sam Aylwin
Publisher The World of Billiards, London
First published 1904
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price 1s 0d (5p)
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
13.5 x 16.6
Number of pages 62
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None 14
Synopsis This English book, now over 100 years old, was recently discovered in Australia and becomes one of the oldest books in my collection.

Prefaced by four pages of advertisements the seven chapters are titled:

  • History of the Game
  • Dr Strode's poem
  • Bowling-Greens
  • The making of a green
  • Theory of Bowl-Playing
  • The bowls
    Hints to beginners
    Throwing the jack
    Leading to the jack
  • Hints to Drivers and Players
  • Mitchell's maxims
  • A Miscellany
  • Chips from Canada
    The points game
    Fixed jack tournaments
  • Past Legislation and the Need of Reform
  • The laws of the game
  • Glossary of Terms