This is a brief post relating to Cavendish’s Pocket Rules for Leading at Whist, as published by De La Rue. Below is a scan of the front covers of the two copies in my possession. I have discussed this title before on this blog, and I showed a scan of the booklet on the left. This is a better scan, though.
The booklet on the left is dated 1869, and is probably a second edition, as I discuss in an earlier post. The one on the right bears the date 1885, and it is stated to be a seventh edition.
Both booklets have 18 pages. A question that immediately arises is, “Are the contents identical?”
And the answer to this is an emphatic, “No!”
Of course there is a lot of overlap. But the following two extracts (from page 8 of each booklet) demonstrate that the content is not the same in both. First, from the earlier version:
Next, the corresponding section from the later version. The hearts are “solid” on the cards shown, and the text is different as well:
I will probably post more about these booklets within the next couple of days.
February 28, 2017