Mike Goodall has created a new book, on Goodall’s card-game booklets, with a focus on the various basic designs used by Goodall: “Goodall Card Game Booklets 1868-1922” . . .

(Note: everything in this post is subject to change, because my comments here are based on an early example of the book, and I think Mike is still tweaking it a little.)

This is not exactly an unbiased review, because I am a big admirer of Mike Goodall, and to a large degree this blog has been shaped by many contributions made by Mike. I just counted, and regarding the 309 posts on this blog, Mike is mentioned in 47 of them! I wrote a fairly extended review (posted on this blog) of his main book on the Goodalls, which is truly a “killer” book, whether you are interested in Goodall’s card-game booklets, or in Charles Goodall & Son generally.

The new book is entitles Goodall Card Game Booklets 1868-1922.

Mike also has many other books out, a number of which deal with old playing cards. The new book, though, focuses on Goodall’s card-game booklets, so it has a very close relationship to the subject of this blog. 

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Regarding Goodall Card Game Booklets 1868-1922, even for those who have followed this blog closely, the book is apt to be an eye-opener in a number of respects.  Here are a few technical details about the book (remember everything in this post is subject to change):

The book is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, softcover, with a binding as pictured in the image above.  The cover shows five different covers.  Most are also shown inside the book. In all, the interior shows covers (usually the front cover, but occasionally both the front and back) of 30 or so booklets, in full color. Additionally, 5 or so are shown in black and white (where the covers were black and white to start with). The book also shows certain Goodall leaflets relating to card games.

The book contains 22 numbered pages and one unnumbered page. There are brief passages of narration. The main thrust of the book appears to me to be twofold. First, it contains what is LIKELY to be the most extensive independent listing anywhere of the card-game booklet titles published by Goodall. Secondly, this listing is broken into 12 primary categories based upon different basic cover-designs. The book generally shows title, author, color scheme, and date (which I take to be the earliest known date of publication). (The book does not really focus on setting forth information on reprints as such, though many reprints happen to be featured.)

Now if you might be interested in purchasing a copy of this book, here is what to do.  Write an email to me (Tom Sawyer) at this address:


If your email expresses an interest in Mike’s new book, I will forward it to Mike.  I will also forward to him any other emails that seem to be directed to Mike — such as inquiries dealing with other books by Mike.

This is a highly unusual opportunity to purchase an actual publication dealing directly with the same subject this blog deals with.

I know I have said that I would be publishing a work of my own dealing principally with Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets, but that will be down the road a ways.

Now one of the most interesting things about this new book of Mike’s is that it is an opportunity to see images of a number of Goodall covers that are highly scarce.  I counted a few that I have never seen for sale and which I do not have any examples of. These include Manx (by T.M.D.), The Game of Napoleon, by Captain Crawley, Euchre Its Methods and Maxims (by Lieut. Bougher and edited by Rawdon Crawley), and Penchant (by Jack Smarte). Another extremely scarce one is Rules of the Celebrated Game of Skat (by Mon). Yet another scarce one pictured is Poker (by A.B. Lougher and edited by Rawdon Crawley, Bt.).

As far as I can recall, the only one of those six that is pictured at all on this blog is The Game of Napoleon. The point is that this work ascends to a place where the atmosphere is quite rarified.

So, why nor send me an inquiry about this new book?  As mentioned above, I’ll forward it to Mike.  You have nothing to lose by enquiring!

–Tom Sawyer

March 31, 2016

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