Comments on the editorship of “The Laws of Six-Pack Bezique or Chinese Bezique” . . .

After running a post in which I wondered whether “our” Frederic Jessel was the editor of The Laws of Six-Pack Bezique or Chinese Bezique, I heard from both David Levy and Edward Copisarow on the issue.

Both are certain that the editor referred to on the title page (Frederic Jessel) was the same person who compiled the 1905 bibliography.

David sent me information on a relevant contribution by Jessel to Notes and Queries in 1903.  I hope to post something about that in the near future.  It is a quite interesting discussion of the derivation of the name of the game of Bezique.

—Tom Sawyer

Monday, December 3, 2012

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