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Title How to Play Bowls Scientifically
Authors Harold Percy Webber and James Hartley
Publisher W Foulsham & Co Ltd, London
First published Not stated, but probably the mid-1950s
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price 3s 6d (18p)
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
15.8 x 10.1
Number of pages 93
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 4 10
Synopsis This book - number 12 in Foulsham's Sports Library series - is an updated version of one with an identical title published about a decade earlier which bears the name of James Hartley alone. The contents list of the later version is as follows and, not surprisingly, has many similarities with the earlier publication:
  • Brief History of Bowls from Mediaeval to Modern Times
  • For the Beginner
  • Points and Qualities in Players Common to Rink and Crown Green Bowls, Amateur and Professional
  • Estimating Land and Length
  • Differences in Rink and Crown Green Bowls
  • Rink Play - Forming a Rink and the Duties of the Players in the Rink
  • The Professional Game - Differences Between Amateur and Professional
  • Indoor Bowls
The laws of the rink game (as adopted by the International Bowling Board, 11 July, 1946) and the crown green game (undated) are also included.

How to Play Bowls Scientifically fails to live up to its title and is of limited historical interest.


Also by Harold Percy Webber: Also by James Hartley: