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The Billiard Encyclopedia

Victor Stein

THIRD EDITION
Throughout history, the origin and evolution of “The Noble Game” of billiards has been shrouded in mystery and subject to conjecture. Victor Stein and Paul Rubino have unearthedthe 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 Third 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 and documentation 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 wellover 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. Over 200 pages are devoted to the art and craft of cue-making. Legendary names from the past, such as Herman Rambow, Frank Paradise, George Balabushka and Gus Szamboti are featured, along with dozens of today’s current cue makers and photographs from the finest collections in the world.

Victor Stein, in association with Blatt Billiards, is proud to present the 3rd Edition of the critically acclaimed, The Billiard Encyclopedia. This award winning publication has established itself as the most authoritative and historical book ever written on the game of billiards. This new 3rd Edition, has been completely revised with over 200 new pages, and, 500 new images, many from The Encyclopedia’s own billiard archives. The Billiard Encyclopedia has expanded to 640 pages and features new sections on Current Cue Makers, World Class Cue Collections, and, “The Beauty of The Cue”, a stunning pictorial containing over 500 cues made over the last forty years. There are features on Blatt Billiards, Brunswick Billiards, French Tables and Cues, and, The Ultimate Gus Szamboti Collection. In addition hundreds of billiard collectables have been expressly photographed from The Billiard Encyclopedi’s own collection. Most importantly, along with Volumes I and II, this 3rd Edition goes further in illuminating the journey that started 20 years ago by Stein and Rubino, in documenting the fascinating story of Billiards, “An Illustrated History of The Sport”

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