Throughout history, the origin and evolution
"The Noble Game" of billiards has been
shrouded in mystery and subject to conjecture.
Victor Stein and Paul Rubino have unearthed
the roots of this ancient pastime, from rite to
ritual to sport, and from ground billiards to
table billiards, utilizing rare material from
collections and institutions around the world.
The 3rd Edition of The Billiard Encyclopedia
is a visually stunning landmark publication,
unprecedented in size and scope. This Revised
Edition has 640 pages, replete with the fullest
historical account of the development of the
game, it's implements and artifacts.
The Third Edition, along with Volumes I &
II, now represents more than twenty years of
worldwide research, and the study of thousands
of rare billiard artifacts and collectables. The
Encyclopedia is more than an art book, a
history book, or a sporting reference. In it's
pages we find not only a national history, but
a world history chronicled in concise and
perceptive prose. Many of the rarest
illustrations and images come from The
Encyclopedia's own archive, and bring to light
the glorious past of this enormously popular world sport.
From primeval times to the present day, man
has played games with a stick and a ball.
Billiards in it's contemporary incarnation is
played by several hundred million people around
the world. It has been one of the most popular
games played by all echelons of society for well
over 700 years. The story of the game's origin is
fascinating not only for billiard aficionados, but
for anyone interested in art, history, sport,
craftsmanship, collectables, and world culture.
The discoveries and information presented in this
volume trace not only the development of the
game, but also the extent to which it had an effect
on the societies that adopted it.
The Billiard Encyclopedia examines history that
was lost, not readily available, or never before
documented. While there have been books written
on the subject over the centuries, none provides
such a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated
chronology of the game. Here for the first time,
it is possible to view, study, and compare a very
broad range of billiard artifacts and hundreds of
images from many eras in a single volume. These
images, in conjunction with the text, create a work
that is unparalleled in it's visual beauty and
invaluable as an authoritative reference.
The Billiard Encyclopedia
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