Monthly Archives: July 2017

Re a little booklet I issued eons ago . . .

I the course of my life, I have issued a few items which I set the type for and printed on my own little printing press. One of those was a little item I called Angelo Lewis: Other Than Magic. … Continue reading

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Something you don’t see every day — twelve examples of Professor Hoffmann’s “Bridge” . . .

Below are images of most of the copies of Professor Hoffmann’s Bridge in my collection. A couple of them have Bridge Whist covers, but the title page says Bridge. —Tom Sawyer July 30, 2017

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Another Goodall four-pack Bézique box, not as beautiful as the one discussed in the preceding post . . .

In the preceding post, I discussed a really nice Bézique box. It was the box alone, not a complete set. A while ago (over two years ago), I acquired a complete set that overall must have been one of Goodall’s … Continue reading

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A beautiful, early Goodall Bézique box . . .

This is a box I acquired recently on eBay, from bluemalchut. I don’t know exactly when it was issued, but it has to be pretty early. I think it is safe to say that Goodall’s first Bézique sets were issued … Continue reading

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Another possible cover-design . . .

Do any of you know whether anyone (other than Goodall) has ever issued Goodall’s Historic Playing Cards (as seen on the cover design below)? I believe that Fournier issued their version of Goodall’s Historic Shakespeare Playing Cards, but I have not … Continue reading

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The current title-page and frontispiece of my forthcoming bibliography of Professor Hoffmann’s “Goodall” booklets . . .

These could change, but I am so far along that it’s unlikely these will change much, if at all. This shows the current layout of the quite grandiose title-page, and the facing page (with frontispiece portrait of Professor Hoffmann). —Tom … Continue reading

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Comments on “Bridge Hints” . . .

I don’t know whether I actually consider Bridge Hints to be a “booklet.” Well, I guess I don’t.  It’s a cool item, though. It’s a strip of paper, folded into thirds, making a six-page leaflet, or . . . well, … Continue reading

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Professor Hoffmann was born 178 years ago today (July 23, 1839) . . .

That is starting to sound like a long time ago.

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A scarce and unusual early Goodall “The Royal Game of Bezique” . . .

Note:  The proofreading on my bibliography of Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets continues.  I am pretty sure I will be done this coming week! When I first saw Mike Goodall’s book Goodall Card Game Booklets 1868-1922, one of the things that … Continue reading

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Observations regarding early printings of Cavendish’s “The Pocket Guide to Bezique”: Part 2

Note:  The proofreading on my bibliography of Professor Hoffmann booklets continues. It actually is going a little beyond straight proofreading, since it has involved some revisions. I have tried to make the text a little more, oh, maybe succinct, or … Continue reading

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Observations regarding early printings of Cavendish’s “The Pocket Guide to Bezique”: Part 1

Note: I am still spending a moderate amount of time in proofreading my bibliography of Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets. Some of the miscues I have found are interesting. For instance, I thought I had moved the placement of a footnote (a … Continue reading

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My earliest Cavendish booklets . . .

Last I went through my Cavendish booklets (published by De La Rue), or most of them. I was surprised at how long ago some of them were printed. During the past few years, I have not looked much for Cavendish … Continue reading

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Update on my forthcoming bibliography of Professor Hoffmann’s card-game booklets . . .

Well, my work on the book is now basically finished. I am now involved in proofreading. (I am also prevailing upon my daughter Elizabeth to do some proofreading.) Since this will be (I believe) a softcover printing, it is likely … Continue reading

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