I wonder when Goodall dropped the wording that said, “Patronized by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh” . . .

In an earlier post, I discussed my two copies of the “Twenty-Fifth Edition” of Camden’s The Royal Game of Bezique.  They are quite different from each other, and I have no particular reason to believe that they were printed at the same time — though in the absence of other information, one might suppose that they were printed within a year or so of each other.

One copy (the one with the blue cover) includes the words, “Patronized by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh” on the title page (though not on the front cover).  This is seen in the image below:

TRGOB 1 7 13 ab

The other copy appears to have no reference to the Duke of Edinburgh at all, the normal “cover language” on that basic cover design having been deleted.

A reasonable theory might be that Goodall dropped the wording soon after Alfred passed away on July 30, 1900.

—Tom Sawyer

January 7, 2013

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