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.  Instead, the main focus of this blog is upon the booklets published by Goodall, which I believe are, for the most part, more interesting.  I do enjoy my collection of De La Rue booklets, and it definitely rounds-out my Goodall collection and provides context.

However, De La Rue a major publisher of card-game rule-booklets during the second-half of the nineteenth century and into much of the 1900s.  It is only natural that collectors of Goodall material would be at least mildly interested in De la Rue booklets.

In this post, I will deal with the de La Rue booklets that were written by “Cavendish.” That name was a pen name used by Henry Jones.  He was one of the great authorities on card games.

Based on the list below, it is possible to draw some tentative conclusions regarding the relative scarcity of the booklets listed, especially when you consider the list in connection with the illustrations. Where there is a title of a booklet shown below (in boldface, all capital-letters), with no illustration of any edition, it is likely that the title is scarce (as a title, disregarding the question of editions), and that I personally have never seen a copy for sale.  If only one edition of such a book is listed, then it is even more likely that the book is scarce.  And if such a booklet includes the name of a game no one has ever heard of (e.g., The Pocket Guide to Calabrasella), that pretty-well confirms it.  I suspect that in the case of some of the books listed, they only exist in extremely small quantities.

Following, then, is a listing of details of most if not all of Cavendish’s card-game rule-booklets.  It is mainly quoted directly from listings in Frederic Jessel’s A Bibliography of Works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming, 1905, and so, except where clearly otherwise, reflects his wording.

All except (I believe) two of the items are designated by Jessel as “32mo,” which designated a small-format book in a certain size-range.  The other two are designated 16mo, which technically designates a somewhat larger format.  But one of those is a “card,” which is perhaps not as interesting as the booklets (though I have seen one or more “cards” written by Cavendish, and they were 32mo).  The other 16mo item is followed in the list by a “32mo” item of the same title and same number of pages, so it seems likely, given the context, that both are 32mo.

This list shows twenty distinct titles (ignoring editions and so on).  The illustrations are of a number of booklets in my collection.  Also, I have made a few comments (in brackets).

Obviously, the booklet on backgammon is not on card games.  The same goes for the booklet on dominoes–but then, Charles Goodall & Son did issue domino cards.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO WHIST

983. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Whist. (A card.) 2 pp. 16mo. Thomas De La Rue and Co., 1864.

984. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Enlarged edition. 16 pp. 32mo. 1865.

985. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Enlarged edition. 26 pp. 32mo. 1868.

986. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Fifth edition. 26 pp. 32mo. 1886, etc.

Whist

The Pocket Guide to Whist, 1898 edition

[Above is shown an 1898 edition of The Pocket Guide to Whist.  As a title, this must have been one of the more popular works in the series.]

THE POCKET LAWS OF WHIST

987. JONES, HENRY. —The Pocket Laws of Whist. 18 pp. 32mo. 1864.

988. JONES, HENRY.—Do. (With an Index.) 18 pp. 32mo. 1865, etc.

Pocket Laws of Whist

The Pocket Laws of Whist

POCKET RULES FOR LEADING AT WHIST

989. JONES, HENRY—Pocket Rules for Leading at Whist, with a Table of Leads and Practical Hints by ‘Cavendish.’ 18 pp. 16mo. 1865.

Leading

The Pocket Guide for Leading at Whist, 1869

[Above is shown an edition of The Pocket Guide for Leading at Whist.  It is difficult to read the date in the above picture, but it is 1869.  Since Jessel shows 1875 as the date of the third edition, the above would probably be the second edition.]

990. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Third edition. 18 pp. 32mo. 1875.

991. JONES, HENRY—Do. Ninth edition. 22 pp. 32mo. 1889.

992. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Eleventh edition. 18 pp. 32mo. 1897.

POCKET RULES FOR THE PLAY OF THE SECOND HAND AT WHIST

993. JONES, HENRY.—Pocket Rules for the Play of the Second Hand at Whist, with a Table of Play. 17 pp. 32mo. 1890.

POCKET RULES FOR THE PLAY OF THE THIRD HAND AT WHIST

994. JONES, HENRY.—Pocket Rules for the Play of the Third Hand at Whist, with a Table of Play and Rules for Scoring. 24 pp. 32mo. 1890.

POCKET GUIDE TO BEZIQUE

995. JONES, HENRY.—Pocket Guide to Bezique. 18 pp. 32mo. 1868.

996. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Second edition. 18 pp. 32mo. 1869.

Pocket Guide to Bezique

The Pocket Guide to Bezique, Second Edition, 1869

[Above is shown a stated Second Edition of The Pocket Guide to Bezique, 1869.  On the other hand, below is shown an 1869 edition with no indication of the edition on the front cover.  So, even the little 32mo booklets pose bibliographical problems!]

Bezique

The Pocket Guide to Bezique

997. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Ninth edition. 21pp. 32mo. 1888. (Revised.)

THE GAME OF DROLE

998. JONES, HENRY.—The Game of Drole. Rules and Directions for Playing. 10 pp. 32mo. 1869.

POCKET LAWS OF ECARTE

999. JONES, HENRY.—Pocket Laws of Ecarte. 14 pp. 32mo. 1870.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO ECARTE

1000. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Ecarte. 18 pp. 32mo. 1870.

1001. JONES, HENRY.—Do. A new edition with Laws. 18 pp. 32mo. 1878.

1002. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Sixth edition. 21pp. 32mo. 1896.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO CALABRASELLA

1003. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Calabrasella. 14 pp. 32 mo. 1870.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO EUCHRE

1004. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Euchre. 18 pp. 32mo. 1870.

1005. JONES, HENRY.—Do. Fourth edition. 22 pp. 32mo. 1890.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO SPOIL-FIVE, TWENTY-FIVE AND FORTY-FIVE

1oo6. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Spoil-Five, Twenty-Five and Forty-Five. 18 pp. 32 mo. 1870.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO CRIBBAGE

1007. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Cribbage. 26 pp. 32mo. 1873.

Cribbage

The Pocket Guide to Cribbage

THE POCKET GUIDE TO POLISH BEZIQUE

1008. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Polish Bezique. 18 pp. 32mo. 1873.

Polish Bezique

The Pocket Guide to Polish Bezique

Polish

The Pocket Guide to Polish Bezique

THE POCKET GUIDE TO SIXTY-SIX

1009. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Sixty-six. 15 pp. 32mo. 1875.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO BACKGAMMON AND RUSSIAN BACKGAMMON

1010. JONES, HENRY—The Pocket Guide to Backgammon and Russian Backgammon. 21 pp. 32mo. 1878.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO IMPERIAL

1o11. JONES, HENRY—The Pocket Guide to Imperial. 22 pp. 32mo. 1881.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO DOMINOES

1012. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Dominoes. 22 pp. 32mo. 1886.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO RUBICON BEZIQUE

1013. JONES, HENRY—The Pocket Guide to Rubicon Bezique. 21 pp. 32mo. 1887.

Cropped Rubicon

The Pocket Guide to Rubicon Bezique

THE POCKET GUIDE TO PIQUET

1014. JONES, HENRY.—The Pocket Guide to Piquet. 23 pp. 32mo. 1890.

The Pocket Guide to Bezique

The Pocket Guide to Piquet.

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