In an earlier post, I discussed Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklet Five Hundred. I am reasonably certain that it is fairly scarce. I do not believe I have seen a copy for sale in years. But I do have two (different) copies, and it may be that a few copies are listed in Ray Ricard’s checklist of small-format magic books.
The copy I discussed in the earlier post mentioned above is really a beautiful copy, in spite of its age (somewhere in the 1908-1912 vicinity). In fact, it looks basically in new condition, and that is probably true, as well, of a few other booklets I have that are about the same age. I suppose that I have maybe a dozen booklets of which that is the case. It is more notable on scarcer booklets like Five Hundred, than it is on more common titles, such as Bridge.
I received that copy of Five Hundred in the mail, from England, a few years ago. It was an odd experience, so I actually made a video of myself narrating my removal of the booklet from the envelope.
The strange thing was that, at the time I received it, the envelope was torn from corner to corner, along the bottom fold. The booklet was inside a plastic sleeve, and there was a piece of cardboard to protect the booklet. Below is a cropped “still” from the video, showing the rent.
Saturday, January 13, 2013