Well, finally, I am arriving at the first edition of Rubicon Bezique, by Professor Hoffmann, as published by Goodall. The first edition was dated 1895 on the title page. The example of the first edition of Rubicon Bezique in my collection is not in the greatest condition, and in fact it has a crack down the front cover from top to bottom, and other defects.
Below are a few relevant scans. First is a scan of the front cover. Next is a scan of the back cover. Next is a scan of the inside front-cover and the title page. (The original of the title page has more of a soiled look, and also a vertical fold down the center, corresponding with the crack on the front cover.) The final one is a scan of the last page and the inside back-cover.