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The new illustrated encyclopedia of billiards
Shamos, Michael Ian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 320 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The illustrated encyclopedia of billiards. c1993.

Format :


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GV891 .S53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
GV891 .S53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An exhaustive reference on pool, billiards, snooker, and other cue sports, completely updated and revised with hundreds of new entries on records, rules, players, and statistics.

Author Notes

Mike Shamos is the curator of the renowned Billiard Archive, the single largest cue-sports library and memorabilia collection in the world. He is also an intellectual-property attorney. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Library Journal Review

This is a revised and updated edition of Shamos's 1992 encyclopedia, researched both from library holdings and the author's own extensive archives of historical materials on billiards and all other cue sports. Clearly written entries on games and their rules, particular shots, cue sports' paraphernalia, and arcane terminology of the field are listed alphabetically, with plentiful See references. Entries also conveniently include citations to original source material and are well illustrated with photographs, shot diagrams, and period graphics. Among the appendixes are a compilation of significant statistics in billiards and lists of over 400 games and roughly 100 organizations included in the text. An index to names and an extensive bibliography complete the volume. This encyclopedia is an amazingly thorough and entertaining reference that would be welcome in any library's collection. (Index not seen.)--John M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Using This Bookp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvi
Termsp. 1
Appendix A Billiard Numbersp. 281
Appendix B Billiard Gamesp. 291
Appendix C Billiard Organizationsp. 297
Appendix D Index of Namesp. 301
Bibliographyp. 313