Coming soon — a post on Professor Hoffmann’s “Quinto” . . .

As I have discussed a million times before on this blog, Professor Hoffmann wrote (the way I see it) sixteen card-game booklets that were published by Goodall.  The exact number might be a little subjective, because it depends on your point of view.  For instance, one person might consider Hoffmann’s Bridge to be no more than a revision of his earlier Bridge Whist.  To me, at some point you have to consider them different booklets, in part because, well, the final revision of Bridge is quite different from the Bridge Whist booklet. Another debatable title is Hoffmann’s Rubicon Bezique, when compared to the combined versions of Rubicon Bezique (by Hoffmann) and Bezique (by Camden).

The way I see it, there are probably four card-game booklets by Professor Hoffmann that are noticeably scarcer than any of the others. This post is about Quinto, mainly, but actually I am not postiive that Quinto is the scarcest of all, though it may be. The other especially scarce ones are, it seems to me, Bridge Varieties, and also Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre, and also Schnapps and Other Original Round Games. So that makes four super-scarce Goodall booklets by Hoffmann.

As to the levels of desirability to the collector, I would peg them as follows:

Quinto:  the most desirable

Schnapps and Other Original Round Games: second most desirable

Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre: third most

Bridge Varieties: fourth most

This does not necessarily mean (for example) that I think Bridge Varieties is more desirable than any of the remaining twelve Hoffmann titles — so that ranking is just for those four. I think, though, that the desirability of Bridge Varieties is reduced somewhat by the existence of other booklets by Hoffmann relating to the game of Bridge.

The Schnapps booklet’s desirability is considerably augmented by the fact that the games in it were invented by Hoffmann.

The Quinto booklet is in a class by itself, not only because Hoffmann not only invented the game, but also because the game looked as though it might become a replacement for Bridge, and also because the game was issued by Goodall with a special card — known as “Quint Royal.”

I have done something a little dangerous in writing this post.  I have consulted almost nothing in the writing of this post, which is saving me time, but which increases the chance of errors — especially in the booklet titles.  For instance, I am not sure about the punctuation. But within the next few days, I’ll probably try to check some of the facts.

Anyway, last September or so, Mike Goodall came into the possession of not only the Quinto booklet, but also other Quinto material, for he actually obtained an entire Quinto set.

I hope within the next few days to post some details on this great collector’s item that Mike obtained.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in Quinto, I have posted quite a bit about it in earlier posts elsewhere in this blog. You may wish to search for the name of the game with the search mechanism toward the top of the right margin.

—Tom Sawyer

April 9, 2015


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