Comments on a circa-1907 Goodall leaflet advertising the game called Quinto, which was invented by Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis, 1839-1919)

In an earlier post, I talked a little bit about Quinto, a booklet by Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis, 1839-1919) published by Goodall.  Based on the listing of the booklet in the Bodleian Library’s catalog, the first edition was dated 1907.  I think that Hoffmann’s invention of the game of Quinto can probably be considered the high-water mark in Hoffmann’s invention of card games.

And I think it is clear that, late in Hoffmann’s life, his role as an inventor of card games was a notable one.  In fact, one of Hoffmann’s obituary notices mentioned him as an inventor of card games, and made no reference to any other aspect of his professional life!

From what I gather, Quinto was considered a particularly well-designed game.  Goodall issued it as a game set, with a 53-card pack (the additional card was “five crowns,” Quint Royal). (Well, there may have been other extra cards of some kind, but the basic pack for the game consisted of 53 cards.)  Mike Goodall, in his 2000 book on the Goodalls, lists at least three different versions of Quinto sets:  long grain leather, imitation leather, and cloth.  Mike also reproduces the front of what appears to be a small booklet headed, A Brief Description of Quinto.  (That is not the same as the regular 1907 rule-booklet on the game.)

I have the impression that the game of Quinto lost popularity fairly quickly, perhaps by 1915, as a rough estimate.

The above is not a complete treatment of the game, by any means, but in this post I wanted to mention primarily an advertising leaflet dealing mainly with Quinto.  The leaflet is four pages, basically one sheet folded one time — but after that, it was folded into thirds and (in the present case) included in a set of “Progressive Whist Scoring Cards” issued by W. Straker Ltd.

Below are relevant scans.

To be clear, the scoring cards, pencils, and box pictured are not Goodall items.  (The box is certainly a Straker item, and I presume that the other items are not Goodall items.) I did not want to disrupt the contents, since the whole box of materials was plainly unused.


The first three pages of the leaflet deal with Quinto.  The fourth page advertises Draw-Bridge and other items.

Note:  That  basically concludes this post on the Quinto leaflet.  One might view this as an expanded version of one of the posts in my attempt at “ten posts in thirty minutes.”  (In support of one or two points in the post immediately preceding this one, I might note that this post took me approximately one hour and fifty minutes.)

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