Further comments on Professor Hoffmann’s “Progressive Whist, Hearts, & Euchre,” [1902], and related works

Recently I have talked quite a bit about Professor Hoffmann’s Progressive Whist, Bridge, Hearts, & Euchre, [1902], and the fact that there were two other versions (revisions), one which added Bridge, and one which further added Solo-Whist.  Also, it appears that the Solo-Whist version was reprinted at least once.

Note:  I erroneously included “Bridge” in the [1902] title mentioned above. And am not sure that the title is otherwise exactly as stated above, because I have never seen a copy (and because the title on the cover of the version that includes Bridge differs from the title of that version as stated on the title page).  —Tom Sawyer, 8/18/11

In this post, I want to focus on Progressive Whist, Bridge, Hearts, and Euchre.  This was a significant revision of the [1902] work.  The actual body text is on pages [7] through 25, so there are actually 19 pages of text proper.

Progressive Whist, Bridge, Hearts, and Euchre

Progressive Whist, Bridge, Hearts, and Euchre

Title page and inside front-cover

Title page and inside front-cover

The Progressive Whist section is pages [7] through 12.  Progressive Bridge is pages [13] through 17.  Progressive Hearts is pages [18] through 20.  Progressive Euchre is pages [21] through 25.  If the new material, on Bridge, were eliminated, the booklet would lose 5/19 of its text.  In other words, more than one-fourth of the material (in the body text) is new (based on pages).

Basically, the interior consists of a title page, its verso, two pages of Contents, a one-page Preface, its verso, the 19 pages of text (ending on page 25), and three pages of advertisements

My copy is undated.  The Bodleian Library catalog shows [1904] as the date of its copy with the Bridge material, which implies (via the brackets) that that version was undated.  It is possible that my copy is identical to the Bodleian Library copy.  It would seem that the Bodleian copy is the “first edition” (perhaps only edition) of the version that added Bridge.

In any event, since the Bodleian Library shows [1907] as the date of its copy with the additional material on Solo-Whist, it seems almost certain that my copy was printed in one of these years:  1904, 1905, 1906, or 1907.

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