A few books on games, including billiards, published since 1674.
COTTON Charles, The Compleat Gamester. Ed. Henry Brome, London, Great
Britain, 1ed., 232 p.
Lists the first billiard rules (2 p.) published in Great Britain.
Below a picture excerpted from the book.
As can be seen, at that time the game used to be played with sorts of
curved mallets (called maces) and two balls, on a table provided with
six pockets, a King (skittle) and a port (fixed arch also called pass).
In the 18th century, a red ball (called carambole) replaced the King,
the port disappeared and straight cues were increasingly used instead
This book was reissued in 1970 by Barre,
Notice that the first rules written in French are older and given in
'La maison académique. Contenant un recueil de tous les jeux
divertissans...'. Robert de Nain & Martin Leché - Marchand
Libraire. Paris, France, 1654, 236 p. .
ANONYMOUS, Divertissemens innocens contenant les règles du jeu des échets,
du billard... Ed. Moetjens, De Hague, The Netherlands. Pages 324 and
of its billiard rules are still in use.
1776. ANONYMOUS, Le jeu de dez anglois suivi de celui du billard...
Ed. Bollen, Liège, Belgium. Cover and page 7.
DEW John, A Treatise on Billiards. Printed for Rivington..., London,
Grreat Britain, 52 p.
The earliest English book on billiards.
PHILOBILL (pseudonym), a Philosophical Essay of Billiard ... by an Amateur,
Bath. Printed by W. Meyler, Grove, Great Britain, 59 p. Probably the
first scientific analysis of the game in English .
C. B..., AMATEUR, Nouvelle Académie des jeux...Traité sur le jeu de
billard (64 p.), Ed. Hubert, Paris, France, 2ed., 298 p.
The National Library of France attributes that 1818 book to Charles
Bouvard. This author does not mention therein the existence of the cue
tip, although he writes on page 13 of a later book (1823, see book lists)
'Like the leather tip, affixed to the end of the cue, of which I established
the use in Paris ten years ago, after having spread it all over Italy
since 1801…' (translation).
(ca) BONNEVEINE = ROSTAING Jules, Académie des jeux, Ed. Delarue,
Paris, France. 396 p.
book containing 15 pages of billiard rules in the early 1860s.
HAASE Dieter, Das Billardspiel. Eine Bibliographie. Ed. kassel university
press, Kassel, Germany, 2016, 677 p.
CRAVEN Robert R., Billiards, Bowling, Table Tennis, Pinball, and Video
Games. A Bibliographic Guide Greenwood Press, Westport, United States,
1983. 1ed., 163 p.