MOORE, June & Doris Langley. The Pleasure of Your Company.
[London] : 1933First edition, first impression, of this charming guide to receiving and entertaining guests, both at home and outdoors, as well as what to do when spending time in your own company. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148085
CAXTON, William. The Game of Chesse.
[London : 1855]First edition of Vincent Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition, in the attractive original calf binding.
Caxton's Game of Chess was first printed in 1474, and reprinted with the woodcuts added (as here) in 1482. Following the facsimile are Figgins's remarks on Caxton's typographical productions, lists relating to... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145731
CARD GAME: "Physogs". The New and Novel Card Game - "Physogs" - Character from the Face.
London : [c.1939]A very appealing and uncommon identikit game from the late 1930s, produced by the short-lived firm of Waddy Productions; it is the fore-runner of the widely used photo-fit crime detection system of the 1970s and 80s.
"Shortly after the publication of sociologist Jacques Penry's book How to Read Character from the Face: a Complete Explanation... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 111770
BAIRD, Mrs W. J. The Twentieth Century Retractor, Chess Fantasies, and Letter Problems.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of one of "the most elegant chess books ever to appear" (Hooper & Whyld 27). Edith Baird was a well-known figure in the chess world during the early twentieth century. She was a regular contributor to British Chess Magazine and the leading newspapers of the day, and established herself as a problem composer of the highest... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139853
HAMMOND, Percy, & George Wharton. Poker, Smoke and Other Things.
Chicago : 1907First edition, first printing of this book, an uncommon cocktail and recipe book on what should be served during a game of poker. The history and rules of poker are also briefly outlined. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143771
WINTERBLOSSOM, Henry T. (pseud.) The Game of Draw-Poker, Mathematically Illustrated;
New York : 1875First edition of this early technical book on poker, covering not only the technicalities of the game, but also the psychology: poker is "not only a selfish game, but one that every subterfuge that can be brought to bear is introduced" (p. 10).
This is generally cited as the first American book on poker, the only other contender being Robert... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143619
WILLIAMS, Elijah. Horæ Divanianæ.
London : 1852First edition of this compilation of chess games played at the Divan in the late 1840s and 50s. It is an uncommon edition both commercially and institutionally: Library Hub locates twelve copies in institutions worldwide, almost entirely in the US, with only the British Library copy in the UK; WorldCat adds another copy at the Bodleian.
Elijah... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139856
VERNEY, George Hope. Four-Handed Chess.
London : First edition of the first English book solely dedicated to the rules of four-player chess. Variants of four-player chess can be traced to the 17th century. Verney's book fixed most of the rules that are now generally followed, other than that he recommended all the Queens be placed on white squares. The publication helped to increase the game's popularity,... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136382
WALKER, George. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;
London : 1837First edition. Extremely uncommon, comprehensive guide to the rules and tactics of cribbage by professional chess player and writer George Walker (1803-1879). Essentially an adaptation, with additions, of the second edition of John Williams' Treatise on the Game of Cribbage, 1807 (first published 1791). As a chess player Walker was "bright without being... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130769
KENNY, W[illiam] S[topford]. Practical Chess Exercises;
London : 1818First edition. Kenny (1788-1867) was a prominent educationalist who, in addition to compiling revised editions of several existing textbooks, produced several original works. His Practical Chess Grammar was published in 1817 and went through several editions, including a German translation published in Leipzig in 1821. Scarce in commerce and just three... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 97328