More on Zetema and its booklet, and “beggars can’t be choosers” . . .

I have not been posting much here lately, but I have done a moderate amount of card-game work behind the scenes, largely in connection with many great images that David Levy has communicated to me.

I’ll undoubtedly discuss a lot of that in the future.

In this post, I want to return to Walter Pelham (or William Taunton), whom I have discussed quite a bit in other posts (largely thanks to Mike Goodall).

One of my operating premises is that Pelham designed the cover of Rules and Directions for Playing the New & Fashionable Game of Zetema, as published by Joseph Hunt & Sons. A reproduction of the cover of that booklet is shown in another post.

Recently I acquired (from no1swimmer, on eBay) a copy of a Hunt booklet on Bezique, with a similar cover. (I’m sure I will talk about that soon.)

This caused me to check into the Zetema situation , and I see that a beautiful Zetema set had appeared on eBay — “when,” I do not know.

Here is a link to the WorthPoint information on the set: Link.

One problem: The listing indicates that the booklet is not complete. I cannot figure out exactly what it is missing.  The images imply (to me) that the back cover is missing. The listing indicates that “the back page of the rules” isn’t there. But the images seem to show advertisements that one might assume are on the final page of the interior of the booklet. In either case, this would be considered a huge defect in the booklet.

But my assumption has always been that the Zetema booklet is a rarity, and as they say, beggars can’t be choosers!

—Tom Sawyer

June 14, 2018

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