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 one, single, solitary copy is known. Even Mike Goodall, who is possibly the most dedicated collector of Goodall booklets, has had to content himself with a photocopy of the booklet.
Since the images below are based on Mike’s photocopies, they are simply black and white.
The first thing to notice is that the title-page title differs from the cover title. The cover shows The Game of Ace Major, while the title page shows Guide to Ace-Major, with a hyphen, and no “The,” in addition to using “Guide to” instead of “Game of.”
The booklet includes fourteen pages of text. Below, I have posted copies of the front cover and title page, and pages 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 — all of the pages I have copies of from The Game of Ace Major. (Now that I look at the front cover again, I see that the game title has quotation marks around it there.)
December 31, 2012