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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Comments regarding rule-booklet scarcity — Part 3: Different rates of preservation for different types of items

There are ways to extend the significance of the ideas forwarded in the preceding post (on Bridge Whist and Bridge), but for the most part, our knowledge is too limited.  But if you were to collect Professor Hoffmann’s rule-booklets for … Continue reading

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Comments on rule-booklet scarcity — Part 2: “Bridge Whist” (and “Bridge”), two periods of time, and probability theory

I mentioned probability theory. Let’s consider Professor Hoffmann’s booklet Bridge Whist (along with its sister-publication, Bridge), and two specific periods of time — 1895 to 1899, and 1900 to 1903. (At the moment, I am not talking about post-1903 Bridge booklets, of … Continue reading

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Comments on rule-booklet scarcity — Part 1: A tale of two late-1800s “Hoyles”

It is extremely difficult to estimate the scarcity (or rarity) of card-game rule-booklets (or commonness, I suppose, as the case may be).  I posted a comment made by a reader regarding the post about the 1895 edition of Bridge Whist. … Continue reading

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A few comments on sour grapes . . .

Note:  This is an August 23, 2011, reposting of this.  For some reason, what I posted before was an earlier draft.  Among other things, it completely omitted the last three paragraphs, and it was loaded with typos. This version, below, … Continue reading

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Problems with establishing the dates of publication of Victorian-era periodicals and books

In the course of this blog, I have used some simple techniques for determining the dates of various booklets, or the approximate date, or perhaps the sequence of publication of various booklets. The topic of this post is really somewhat … Continue reading

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Comments on front-cover design variations of Professor Hoffmann’s “Bridge Whist” and “Bridge”

As a follow-up to my recent post regarding David Levy’s example of an 1895 edition of Bridge Whist, by Professor Hoffmann, published by Goodall, I am writing this post about certain cover-variations the work went through, mainly after the title … Continue reading

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Comments on an 1895 edition of Professor Hoffmann’s “Bridge Whist”

If you look through this blog, you may see that I have repeatedly made reference to the supposed fact that the first edition of Professor Hoffmann’s Bridge Whist was published in 1899.  In fact, I said as much in at least … Continue reading

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A portrait of Ernest Bergholt . . .

I feel quite happy that I ran across the following portrait of Ernest Bergholt, earlier this evening.  It the only portrait of him that I have seen.  This comes from the Hathi Trust Digital Library.  The “publication data” is conspicuously … Continue reading

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Comments on an inscribed copy of Professor Hoffmann’s “Patience Games,” 1900, and on other books inscribed by Professor Hoffmann

Note:  I have added another book to the listing of inscribed books. —Tom Sawyer (9-8-11) Note:  I am reposting this, effective August 1, 2011.  I originally posted it on July 9, 2011, at 20:39 p.m.  I made a mistake in … Continue reading

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