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 suggesting that one of the primary focuses of the magazine was the game of Whist.

The above information relating to the details of the periodical is from Jessel, number 1651.

Now, I was completely unaware of that periodical, but upon checking the Hathi Trust Digital Library, I found that it lists (apparently) the entire run, or nearly so.  This surprised me somewhat, because so often when one wants to see something it turns out not to be viewable.

I bethought myself that if Mike Goodall recommended it to me, it must be quite valuable, and I further bethought myself that the periodical may have references to Goodall.

This turned out to be the case, and in the near future, I expect to deal with a highly fascinating discussion in that periodical, relating to the introduction of Bezique into England, and more specifically, with the publication of Goodall’s rules for Bezique in 1868.

—Tom Sawyer

Saturday, December 30, 2012

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