Unequivocal answers as to the sequence of the three booklets discussed in the preceding two posts!

Below are scans of the title pages of the booklets discussed in the preceding two posts. They are posted in the correct order of their appearance–which happens to be the C-A-B sequence arrived at very simply (but less conclusively) in the preceding post.

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We know that copy “B” is the last (most recent) of the three, because it has a date of 1911 on the title page. (The dates were not shown in the preceding posts). So the only real question is, “Which came first, copy ‘A’ or copy ‘C?”

Well:

a.  Copy A and copy B both have the same inside-front cover. If the third copy’s inside front-cover is different, then it is unlikely to have been sandwiched (chronologically) between the two others. So, they are part of a series that must include C-A, with the whole sequence being C-A-B. (Copy B must be last of the three, because of the title-page date.)

b. Even in a vacuum, the inside front-cover of copy C seems earlier than that of copy A. Copy C mentions Patience, Series 2, and since that book was probably being phased out (in deference to Selected Patience Games), that advertisement seems earlier than the one in the other two booklets.

c.  If that were not strong enough proof, note the following.  All three booklets have seven pages of advertisements in the back. The ads in copy A and copy B are identical, or seem so.  There is some overlap with the ads in Copy C, but the ads in copy C are largely very different. It would make little sense for the publisher switch horses for the second 1909-copy, and then go back to the original horses (first 1909 copy) for the 1911 copy.

So, that is my conclusion.

—Tom Sawyer

June 14, 2017

A sort of P.S.:

There are some anomalies that might challenge the foregoing, though I don’t really think so. Here are transcriptions of a part of each title-page, in what I believe to be chronological order, with comments.

Booklet C:

The Book of Card and Table Games,”

Hoyles Games Modernized, &c.

Note: That is a little odd, as one would expect the closing quotation-mark to be after the comma that follows “Modernized.”

Booklet A:

The Book of Card and Table Games,

Hoyles Games Modernized,” &c.

Note: That makes the change in placement, but it deletes the quotation marks from the first title! No consistency!

Booklet B:

The Book of Card and Table Games,”

Hoyle’s Games Modernized,” &c.

Of the three, this version (1911) is the best.

—Tom Sawyer

June 14, 2017

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