A quick analysis of the chronology of the “Selected Patience Games” booklets discussed in the preceding post . . .

Note: If you want to try to figure out the sequence on your own, you should look at the previous post before you look at this one.

Here (in smaller form) are the same images as in the preceding post. The question was, “In what sequence were these published.”

Here are a few initial comments.  In my next post, I will state a more definitive answer, based in part on information not visible in these images.

I am identifying them as A, B, and C.  That is the sequence in which they were shown in the previous post. Actually I used multiple letters, to make it more obvious.

Post first Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 10.33.47 PM copyaaa AAAAA

Post last Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 10.36.59 PM copy aa BBBBB

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 10.36.28 PM copy CCCCC

One quick way of approaching this would be as follows. B looks as though it is printed on cheaper paper than the others (which might tend to make it later), so the sequence is either A-C-B, or else C-A-B.

Booklet C lists Patience, Series 2, along with Selected Patience Games. Since it is reasonable to assume that, at the time, Patience, Series 2, was being phased out in favor of Selected Patience Games, one may assume that a booklet that lists Selected Patience Games but not Patience, Series 2, was published later. This reasoning suggests that booklet C appeared before booklet A, and I arrive at this sequence:  C-A-B.

Are there other things here that support this? Yes. Since A and B have identical book lists, they probably were part of a three-booklet series that includes an A-B sequence, or a B-A sequence. under this logic, the correct sequence (without looking at anything else!) would be either C-B-A or C-A-B or B-A-C or A-B-C. And, indeed, the C-A-B arrived at earlier  is not disproven by this. So C-A-B is still the frontrunner.

I expect to get into this further in my next post!

—Tom Sawyer

June 10, 2017

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