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Title: Koaning-Keatser, Jan de Earste. It keatserslibben fan Jan Reitsma (1869-1959). [Eerste druk; First edition].
Description: Ljouwert, Fryske Akademy, [..], 1972. Large 8. Original wrappers. Covertitle with a monochrome portrait of Jan Reitsma. 55pp. Many captioned monochrome illustrations in text, of which portraits of champion Fives Ball Players, family-tree of Jan Reitsma in text, some facsims. after archivalia, namelists of champions in chronology, ballad of Fives Ball Players by D.A. Tamminga with an illustration, table of contents. Frisian language contribution and historic survey of Fives Ball Blay or Kaatsen(Keatsen in frisian language) in which the life and times of Jan Reitsma, a famous champion, is described together with some other famous champions and competitions, presented to the Royal Dutch Kaats Assciation celebrating her 75th anniversary (1897-1972). Very fine copy. Five Ball Play, or in dutch:Kaatsen, is a very old one and probably originates from ancient Egypt. It reached europe through the Greeks & Romans, and is played, in variations, here since. (a deviation of the original play: a small leather ball hit by human hand, is probably the game of tennis or jeu de pelotte, played with a racket. The original game, previously only played by men, with modifications of course, is nowadays still played in the dutch Province of Friesland,in certain flemish Belgian Provinces near the french border and in northern Spain. The Official Dutch Royal Association has been founded in 1897, although a Permanent Commission was founded at Franeker (Friesland) in 1853.

Keywords: sports fives ball play kaatsen keatsen friesland champions competition biography history friesland

Price: EUR 75.00 = appr. US$ 81.51 Seller: Antiquarian Booksellers Gemilang
- Book number: 52928