Monthly Archives: December 2012

I think I will defer the post on “The Game of Napoleon,” by Rawdon Crawley, 1878 . . .

I hope I did not get anyone’s hopes up, but I now intend to defer until a later time the planned post on The Game of Napoleon, by Rawdon Crawley, published by Goodall in 1878. I’ll also probably defer the … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part IX: Ever notice any ads for two versions of the booklet — with gilt edges and without?

Ever ponder this?  It’s from the inside back-cover, and last page, of the sixth edition of The Royal Game of Bezique, by Camden.  It was almost certainly published in 1869 or 1870.  (The tenth edition was dated 1870 in Roman … Continue reading

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The strange case of “The Game of Ace Major,” by Camden — and possible reasons why only one copy is known . . .

When one considers the vast number of different Goodall game sets and the gigantic quantities of Goodall card-game booklets printed, it becomes immediately apparent that such items were largely considered disposable by the purchaser, at least — as to sets … Continue reading

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Comments on “The Game of Ace Major,” by Camden, 1874, thanks to Mike Goodall . . .

I suppose that it would be going too far to say that The Game of Ace Major, by Camden, 1874, is the “holy grail” of card-game booklets.  However, it can be said that, among some of the best-informed collectors, only … Continue reading

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I hope to wrap-up the year with three or four dynamite posts — including one on “The Game of Ace Major” (thanks to Mike Goodall) and one on “The Game of Napoleon” (thanks to Edward Copisarow) . . .

I’m not sure whether I will be able to do the following before the day ends, but I hope so. First, I hope to post information on The Game of Ace Major, by Camden.  I don’t know of any copy, anywhere … Continue reading

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Well, I have surpassed my total posts for November 2012 — my previous “monthly high” — and I still have about 10 hours left in December . . .

I have now posted forty posts in December 2012.  This post makes forty-one.  My previous high was thirty-seven, in November. And I still have about ten hours left in December! And during the last three days, all but maybe one … Continue reading

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The second anniversary of this blog has passed . . .

The first post on this blog was, I believe, December 22, 2010.  So, the second anniversary came and went without me thinking about it.  If I had thought about it at the time, I probably would have mentioned it. But … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part VIII: Comments by Tom on the “previous” article on Bezique, from “The Westminster Chess Club Papers” — thanks to David Levy . . .

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I had been unable to locate a certain article in The Westminster Chess Club Papers, later known as The Westminster Papers — an article out of which arose another article, which (later article) I … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part VII: The patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh . . .

After basically completing the preceding post, I got to thinking that the thing which brought about my hypothesized popularity of the game in mid-1868 may have been the involvement of the Duke of Edinburgh. In pondering this a little later, … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part VI: I think the game was “introduced” after the “W.P.” article, and before Goodall and Reynolds became involved . . .

One of the things I do not “get” about the article discussed in the previous post is the concept of who “introduced the game [of Bezique] to this country” —  “this country” presumably being England.  According to The Whist Reference … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part V: Comments on the original publication of the Goodall booklet . . .

Note:  In an effort to avoid certain format-problems, for this post I am placing my remarks in boldface.  The quotation from The Westminster Papers is the segment not in boldface. In the May 1869 issue of The Westminster Papers appears … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique,” by Camden — Part IV: Comments on Jessel’s item 1651, “The Westminster Chess Club Papers” . . .

Yesterday I received an email from Mike Goodall in which he highly recommended to me The Westminster Chess Club Papers, later known as The Westminster Papers.  The periodical ran from 1868 to 1879.  The periodical had a couple of subtitles, each … Continue reading

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The home stretch for my 18 posts in four days . . .

I only have to make a handful of further posts before January 1 in order to beat my previous high of thirty-seven posts in a month.  At the moment, it looks as though I will exceed the projected number. It … Continue reading

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Further comments on one of the scarcest of Professor Hoffmann’s booklets published by Goodall: Tom acquires a copy of “Schnapps and Other Original Round Games” . . .

Recently I repaired one of the deficiencies in my collection of Goodall card-game booklets by Professor Hoffmann.  I did so when I purchased a copy of Schnapps and Other Original Card Games, by Professor Hoffmann, on eBay. Below is an … Continue reading

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Comments on one of the scarcest of Professor Hoffmann’s booklets published by Goodall: Introductory remarks . . .

About fifteen or so years ago, I sold all, or almost all, of the Professor Hoffmann card-game booklets that had then been in my collection.  There were not very many — maybe ten or so, and not very many were … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique” — Part III: Comments on the “Second Edition” . . .

The earliest copy I have of The Royal Game of Bezique is the “Second Edition.”  Below is an image of the cover.  This is a “repeat” of an image in an earlier post on this blog: I have three copies … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique” — Part II: Brief comments on variations in content . . .

As I have mentioned before, I have quite a few copies of The Royal Game of Bezique, published by Goodall.  A quick count seems to show that I now have at least twenty-three copies. In the preceding post, I tried … Continue reading

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Returning to “The Royal Game of Bezique” — Part I: Cover designs in general . . .

It has been a while since I have taken up the subject of The Royal Game of Bezique, by Camden.  I have decided to start numbering again, but, this time, in Roman numerals.  So, in the title to this post, … Continue reading

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Comments on a few difficulties involved in doing research . . .

It is now pretty well established, I think, that the De La Rule booklet on Six-Pack Bezique was written by “our” Frederic Jessel.  Some people might think that I was being too cautious regarding the authorship, and maybe I was. … Continue reading

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Thinking some things over, regarding Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis) . . .

I was about to post something about Angelo J. Lewis’s son, who was named Leonard Avery Lewis. After all, in a way, I believe that anything related to Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis) is connected with card-game booklets, even though … Continue reading

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