Monthly Archives: July 2011

Still further comments on relative scarcity among card-game rule-booklets published by Goodall: A look at edition size. Also, a strange bibliographical fact.

To help round-out the discussion of “scarcity” and “rarity,” I thought I would take a look at the question of “edition size” in card-game rule-booklets.  I’ll start out by saying that I don’t know much about the topic.  I haven’t … Continue reading

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Further comments on relative scarcity among card-game rule-booklets published by Goodall

Earlier today, I posted some comments relating to “rarity.”  At that time, I intimated that I would return to the topic, and I am doing so now. Anyway, the following are just a few off-the-cuff remarks–probably over-generalized and oversimplified in … Continue reading

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Relative scarcity among card-game rule-booklets published by Goodall: An assessment as of mid-2011

Goodall published a large number of card-game rule-booklets, and many of them are scarce, and possibly rare.  There are a fair number of Goodall booklets that I have never seen offered for sale.  (The same applies to the De La … Continue reading

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Comments on a bibliography of swimming, which makes reference to George Frederick Pardon (Captain Crawley) and also to Professor Hoffmann

Note:  I posted this on September 24, 2010, on a different blog.  (It is no longer viewable on the other blog.)  Then I briefly posted a modified version on this blog, on July 15, 2011.  This is a further-modified version … Continue reading

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Comments on bibliographies and their relationship to card-game rule-booklets, with special attention to Frederic Jessel

About 106 years ago there appeared Frederic Jessel’s A Bibliography of Works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming (Longmans, London, 1905).  Shortly after it was published, a review appeared in the New York Times praising it in extremely mild … Continue reading

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A brief overview of Professor Hoffmann’s writings on card games (apart from his card-game rule-booklets)

Professor Hoffmann’s non-Goodall writings on card games present a rather convoluted situation. Below I will draw a sketchy picture. Professor Hoffmann’s The Modern Hoyle (published by Warne, first edition dated 1887) is, as I understand it, a revision of an earlier work … Continue reading

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This looks sort of like a monogram to me . . .

The cover designs of many of Goodall’s card-game rule-booklets are often extremely complex, and it would have been quite straightforward for an artist to place his (or her, but I don’t know of any female artists employed by Goodall) initials … Continue reading

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