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About the book-database

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2001-01-04

Jac Verheul, chief editor of the Dutch magazine petanQue, has produced a database of books on petanque and other games of boules. More than 300 titles, dating as far back as 1854, are included which we believe is the largest collection of books on all types of jeu de boules on the Web.

Please contact us if you have information on books, which are not included, so that we can maintain as complete a database as possible.

The books are classified according to the type of the game and the category (subject) of the book.

You can search on the following games:

* petanque
* jeu provençal
* sport-boules (= jeu lyonnais)
* boule de fort
* boule bretonne
* boule parisienne
* jeu de boules nantais
* Flemish games of bowls
* old games of bowls
* all
And you can also search on the following categories:

* general
* technics and tactics
* coaching
* organizers manual
* history
* anecdotes
* novel
* biography
* scientific study
* vocabulary
* art
* photography

By clicking on the title of a book you will get a picture of the cover.

With the exception of the most recently published books the majority is no longer available. However, it is often possible to find an old issue by looking in Antique Books shops.

In some cases the database includes the address from which you can order a particular book. However, it is also possible to purchase some books on petanque (mostly in French) from the French and Belgian booksellers that are listed in the Hotboule section of

The database has been translated to English with the assistance of Mike Pegg. Mike is the International Umpire who will answer questions concerning the playing rules on our website.

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