Monthly Archives: November 2012

Brief comments about evaluating the scarcity of card-game booklets . . .

If an avid collector of card-game booklets does not have a certain booklet in his or her collection, that says something about the scarcity of the booklet — at least, that is so if the collector has been collecting for … Continue reading

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Comments on Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis, 1839-1919) as an inventor of card games . . .

There are two kinds of people in the world:  those who write about card games, and those who invent them. Oh, okay, there are also many other kinds of people. And that is proven by the fact that Professor Hoffmann … Continue reading

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The truth about “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher” — courtesy of Edward Copisarow . . .

For a long time, I (Tom) had been mystified by the pen names “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher.”  Since, according to Jessel, these were pen names of Charles Frederick Pardon (son of George Frederick Pardon), and since George used the … Continue reading

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A few more reflections . . .

Back around 1995, as I may have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I became somewhat disenchanted with the magic collecting field — in part because of what I perceived to be, oh, maybe a low level of scholarship, overall, among … Continue reading

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A few reflections, upon the approach of the second anniversary of my first post on this blog . . .

Unless I am mistaken, I am now approaching the second anniversary of my first post on this blog.  It looks as though my first post here was December 22, 2010.  In the period that I have been running the blog, … Continue reading

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Soon, I will reveal the “truth” about the pen names “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher,” but now . . .

Soon, probably tomorrow (Thursday), I will present information on the apparent real derivation of the two pen names mentioned in the title to this post — based on information which Edward Copisarow sent me. But I will now give a … Continue reading

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Comments on “Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre,” a very scarce card-game booklet by Professor Hoffmann, published by Goodall, 1902 — thanks to Edward Copisarow . . .

Edward Copisarow recently sent me images of his copy of Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre, by Professor Hoffmann, published by Goodall, 1902 — the only copy I know of in a private collection.  Through Edward’s courtesy, I am able to post … Continue reading

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Comments on the items in my collection most prized by me — Item 2: A near-fine copy of “The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic,” by Robert-Houdin, translated by Professor Hoffmann, published by Routledge, 1878 . . . also, a few observations on Jessel . . .

Note:  As stated in the first post in this series, “In this series of posts, I hope to mention briefly some of the top ‘treasures’ of my (rather small) book collection, without making any effort to confine myself to items … Continue reading

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A thought on the “Lieut. Bougher” pen-name . . .

I got to thinking a little more about the Lieut. Bougher pen name.  This idea may have been inspired by something my daughter mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago, regarding something her present English teacher had said.  I … Continue reading

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Comments on “Euchre: Its Method and Maxims,” by Lieut. Bougher (Charles Frederick Pardon), published by Goodall, 1889 . . .

In 1889, there appeared two particular books published by Goodall under the following rather unusual, but similar, author names: A.B. Lougher Lieut. Bougher The following two entries from Jessel illuminate matters a little: So, it seems that A.B. Lougher and … Continue reading

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Comments on the now-ended auction for “The Pocket Guide to Go-Bang” booklet by Cavendish, and game board . . .

In a previous post, I mentioned an eBay auction for an 1876 The Pocket Guide to Go-Bang booklet by Cavendish, along with a De La Rue game-board.  Here is a link to the auction:  auction.  The auction has ended. The high … Continue reading

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Comments on the items in my collection most prized by me — Item 1: An inscribed copy of the 1892 edition of “The Illustrated Book of Patience Games” . . .

In this series of posts, I hope to mention briefly some of the top “treasures” of my (rather small) book collection, without making any effort to confine myself to items that relate to the subject of this blog — although … Continue reading

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So, what was this “Hoyle’s Games Modernized” that Ernest Bergholt edited? Well, I’ll tell you in this post . . .

The title pages of Ernest Bergholt’s card-game booklets for Goodall are among the most wordy in the field, in part because they tend to list many other works in which Bergholt was involved.  All four basic card-game booklets written by … Continue reading

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[Auction has ended.] Interesting “The Pocket Guide to Go-Bang” booklet by Cavendish, and game board, in eBay auction about to end . . .

We are drawing near to the end of an eBay auction for an 1876 The Pocket Guide to Go-Bang booklet by Cavendish, along with a De La Rue game-board.  Here is a link:  auction. Go-Bang is not a card game, so … Continue reading

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Comments on bibliography — Part 2: The unremarkable rise of the magic bibliographer . . .

Note:  Like the preceding post, this post is based essentially on my own (limited) experience.  It mainly represents impressions I have, and even if I am wrong on most of it, there has to be some truth there. They say … Continue reading

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Comments on bibliography — Part 1: Some thoughts on “bibliography” in general, and “magic bibliography” in particular, and, by extension, “playing-card bibliography” . . .

I thought I would jot down some of my thinking on the topic of “magic bibliography.”  (The word “magic” here refers to sleight of hand, magic tricks, illusions, and related matters.)  I’ll mention some background, so that, even if I … Continue reading

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Comments on Warne’s “The Bijou Hoyle” . . .

Warne’s Bijou Books were an interesting series of little books published by Frederick J. Warne & Co., mainly (perhaps solely) in the nineteenth century.  Many subjects were covered, and quite a few of the books were on games.  At one … Continue reading

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Comments on “The Armchair Bibliographer” . . .

First:  Don’t overlook my other recent posts, which include some great scans, some courtesy of David Levy and some thanks to Mike Goodall. Second:  If you are only interested in card-game booklets, you may want to skip this post. As … Continue reading

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On the other hand — further comments on the desirability of Ernest Bergholt’s card-game booklets . . .

In the preceding post, I discussed a few reasons why Ernest Bergholt’s card-game booklets should be considered desirable.  But I don’t mean to say that they are anything like the “most desirable” booklets. In fact, there are many booklets that … Continue reading

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