At the moment, this blog consists of 205 posts. About twenty-three of those posts deal significantly with The Royal Game of Bezique, by Camden. I was surprised at that. I thought it would be more like forty — perhaps more.
I’ve kind of mentioned some of the following things before, but maybe I said them differently.
The Royal Game of Bezique is something like a glue that holds together the long stream of Goodall’s card-game booklets. If one includes the combination printings that included Professor Hoffmann’s Rubicon Bezique and Camden’s Bezique, then it is possible that the booklet was produced over a longer period than any other card-game booklet. I am not very familiar with what went on after maybe the late 1920s, so I cannot really say.
If you think Selected Patience Games, by Professor Hoffmann, is the longest-running title, well, I doubt that, in part because Selected Patience Games first appeared more than thirty years after The Royal Game of Bezique.
Also, for a moment, let’s assume that Chas. Goodall and Son ceased to exist as a separate entity in 1922. In that case, The Royal Game of Bezique lasted for the entire time from 1868 until Goodall (“as we know it”) ceased to exist. (Yes, I know it actually did continue to exist, but once you are owned by somebody else, well, something is different.) No other Goodall card-game booklet did that.
January 5, 2012