Frederic Jessel’s 1905 bibliography shows that the first edition of Piquet, by Professor Hoffmann, was dated 1895. (He doesn’t call it the first edition.) The Bodleian Library shows a copy of the second edition (from Jessel’s collection), dated 1896. I find it interesting that the Bodleian Library does not appear to have a copy of the 1895 edition, and that Jessel does not list the 1896 edition.
Piquet is not one of Hoffmann’s scarcest card-game rule-booklets, and it is certainly not remotely as scarce as some of Goodall’s other rule booklets. Piquet went through many editions, and I have a sixteenth edition dated 1921. However, it is not what one would call common.
My earliest copy of Piquet is a fifth edition, dated 1902. It came into my possession in a boxed Piquet set manufactured by Goodall. Below are some scans of other components of the set as I received it.
The box itself is not in the greatest condition, but the set shown is the only Piquet set by Goodall I have ever seen offered for sale, and I am glad I have it in my collection. The playing cards are a bit curved, but other than that, they are basically flawless, and the rule booklet is in virtually “new” condition. (I will probably post scans of the booklet itself in a future post.)