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Title Manual of Bowling
Author James Brown
Publisher J Menzies & Co, Edinburgh, Scotland
First published 1892
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 2nd (year of publication not stated)
Hardback/softback Hardback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
16.7 x 10.5
Number of pages 136
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None None
Synopsis This is one of the earliest books on bowls and certainly one of the first to give practical guidance to the beginner. As the author in his preface states:

The principal object which I have in view in writing a Manual of Bowling is to set forth, in as concise and readable a form as I can, the best style and methods of Bowling, and to put on record, for the benefit of younger men, the lessons drawn from a long experience - longer than I now care to recall.

The book is very much oriented towards the game in Scotland where increasing care was being taken in the construction and maintenance of bowling greens, and this is reflected in the fact that the chapter on the history of the game contains, somewhat incongruously, nine pages on this subject. The full list of contents is:

  • History of the Game
  • Hints to Beginners
  • Directions to Bowlers
  • Principles and Laws of the Game
  • Bowling in North of England
  • List of Single-handed Tournaments
  • Appendix
  • Recipe for Killing Worms
  • Recipe for Removing Fog or Moss