Monthly Archives: August 2011

Comments on Quinto: Part 4, “A Brief Description of Quinto: The Newest and Most Original of Card Games,” by Professor Hoffmann, [1909]

I have already discussed Goodall’s first Quinto item, in the preceding post. The second Goodall item dealing with Quinto is a leaflet by Professor Hoffmann — one long strip of paper folded into four leaves, making in essence an eight-page … Continue reading

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Comments on Quinto: Part 3, “Quinto: A New and Original Card Game,” by Professor Hoffmann, 1907

The first (that I know of) Quinto item published by Goodall was the usual-type rule-booklet, originally priced at sixpence. According to the catalog of the Bodleian Library, this was published in 1907.  Its full title is Quinto: A New and Original … Continue reading

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Comments on Quinto: Part 2, About the game

Professor Hoffmann’s game Quinto started out like gangbusters in 1907, and even in 1909 (in a revised edition of Hoyle’s Games Modernized), two years or so after the introduction of the game, Ernest Bergholt was addressing the question of whether Quinto … Continue reading

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Comments on Quinto: Part 1, Introductory remarks

The titles of Professor Hoffmann’s works (not just rule-booklets) are apt to cause, in some cases, confusion for collectors learning about them for the fist time.  I have discussed Hoffmann’s Progressive Whist, Hearts, and Euchre, which was part of a … Continue reading

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“Twenty-Three” (A post relating to Angelo J. Lewis (1839-1919), also known as Professor Hoffmann—a reposting of a November 21, 2010, post from a different blog of mine)

I suppose that if there is a real symbol of a Victorian Christmas, it is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, first published in 1843.  Dickens professed to be a Christian, and that seems to be documented in a number of … Continue reading

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Goodall’s Draw-Bridge on eBay . . .

Just a quick note.  At this time, there are no fewer than six Draw-Bridge sets on eBay, in various degrees of completeness.  At least three of them appear to have a rule booklet, one from 1909, one from 1911, and … Continue reading

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Comments on rule-booklet scarcity– Part 4: Other observations

If we were to assume that there were 1,000 copies printed of a certain edition of a certain hypothetical Goodall rule-booklet, and that they were preserved at the same rate as the comic book just discussed in the preceding post … Continue reading

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