Monthly Archives: December 2010

Comments on one of Professor Hoffmann’s first three rule-booklets, “Ecarte,” 1895

Based on Jessel’s bibliography, it can be said that Professor Hoffmann’s first three card-game rule booklets were dated 1895.  The three titles Jessel mentions in this connection are (a) Ecarte, (b) Piquet, and (c) Rubicon Bezique.  In this post, I want to talk … Continue reading

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More on “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden, published by Goodall

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the first edition of Goodall’s first card-game rule-booklet (to the best of my knowledge) was published in 1868.  It was a booklet on a game called Bezique.  I showed a scan of the … Continue reading

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Comments on playing-cards sets in general, and on a Goodall Bridge set, circa 1911, in particular

Collecting card-game “sets” (say 1920 and before) is a bit of a mixed bag.  They take up space (though ’tis true that they are often rather tiny). They are usually unwieldy, or at least not convenient to move around.  Typically, they … Continue reading

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Comments on “The Royal Game of Bezique,” circa 1869 — my earliest Goodall card-game rule-booklet — and comments on a cool and instructive Bezique set

Note:  I am back to posting “new” posts now. Based on Frederic Jessel’s 1905 bibliography, it appears that the earliest rule-booklets issued by Goodall were a booklet on Bezique, first published in 1868, and a booklet on Check, published in … Continue reading

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A Goodall bypath: Cavendish in 32mo — details quoted directly from Jessel, with some illustrations

Note:  This is a revised version of a post that I originally posted on a different blog on September 25, 2010 (at 17:55). As should be obvious, this blog does not deal primarily with booklets issued by De La Rue. … Continue reading

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Condition and card-game rule-booklets — and a brief look at “Draw-Bridge” and “Royal Auction Draw-Bridge”

The following is a significantly revised and enlarged version of a post that I originally posted on a different blog on September 19, 2010 (at 18:07). In my view, the “age” of a booklet is almost never a factor that … Continue reading

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What some of the 1860s playing cards looked like, and a little on Professor Hoffmann

Note:  An earlier version of this post was published by me on September 26, 2010 (at 22:21), on a different blog. In an earlier post, I began a discussion of the question of what types of playing cards Professor Hoffmann … Continue reading

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