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- Observations regarding early printings of Cavendish’s “The Pocket Guide to Bezique”: Part 2
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- My earliest Cavendish booklets . . .
- Update on my forthcoming bibliography of Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets . . .
- A little change to the title of this blog . . .
- Unequivocal answers as to the sequence of the three booklets discussed in the preceding two posts!
- A quick analysis of the chronology of the “Selected Patience Games” booklets discussed in the preceding post . . .
- It is difficult to use logic to prove subtle points regarding Goodall’s card-game booklets, and that is one of the fascinations of collecting them . . .
- Strangeness in “Patience Games,” Series 2, and “Selected Patience Games” . . .
- Looking at Professor Hoffmann’s “Selected Patience Games” from early during the Goodall-De La Rue period . . .
- A superficial treatment of the evolution of “Selected Patience Games,” by Professor Hoffmann in the post-1922 era . . .
- UPDATED POST: A brief note on my forthcoming book on Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets . . .
- Something I have been thinking about lately . . . also, some “collecting” memories . . .
- Comments on an early Chas. Goodall & Son “Patience” set . . .
- Revisiting my earliest Goodall booklet and set, namely a two-pack Bezique set from 1868 or thereabouts . . .
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Here is a link to a video I posted on YouTube today: YouTube video. Now, please note that there is nothing portrayed in the video that has not already appeared in this blog. The images, one and all, came from … Continue reading
In the preceding post, I tried to answer the question of whether Ray Ricard’s checklist of small-format magic books represents a worthwhile purchase if you are only interested in the portion which lists Goodall booklets by Professor Hoffmann. The title … Continue reading
I have mentioned Ray Rickard’s 2005 checklist of small-format magic books a number of times on this blog, and I guess I should say a bit more about it. The title is A Short Title History and Checklist of Wee … Continue reading
Not long ago, I received an email from Betsy Miller, who is a great-great granddaughter of Walter Pelham! (Thanks to Mike Goodall for facilitating the contact!) Some years ago, Betsy wrote an article for the International Trumpet Guild Journal, about … Continue reading
Comments on an obituary notice that mentions Professor Hoffmann as an “inventor of card games,” and which mentions almost nothing else!
When Professor Hoffmann is mentioned, it is often noted that he was a writer on magic. That is his main “claim to fame.” There are exceptions to that, for instance in this blog, where that is rarely mentioned. Also, Professor … Continue reading
This post contains one answer to the question, “How necessary is Frederic Jessel’s A Bibliography of Works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming, 1905, in today’s day and age?” I threw in the phrase “in today’s day and age” almost to … Continue reading
Comments on an interesting item relating to The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, namely a presentation “case,” from 1921, for a 1921 edition of Goodall’s publication of Ernst Bergholt’s booklet on “Royal Auction Bridge” . . .
Mike Goodall kindly sent me scans of (a) the title page of a 1921 Fourth Edition of Ernest Bergholt’s Royal Auction Bridge, and (b) the interesting little case that goes along with it. (The scans appear to be black and … Continue reading