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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to card and board games including chess, draughts, etc.

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  1. The Pleasure of Your Company.
    MOORE, June & Doris Langley. The Pleasure of Your Company.

    [London] : 1933

    First 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

    Stock Code: 148085

  2. The Game of Chesse.
    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

    Stock Code: 145731

  3. The New and Novel Card Game - "Physogs" - Character from the Face.
    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

    Stock Code: 111770

  4. The Twentieth Century Retractor, Chess Fantasies, and Letter Problems.
    BAIRD, Mrs W. J. The Twentieth Century Retractor, Chess Fantasies, and Letter Problems.

    London : 1907

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139853

  5. Poker, Smoke and Other Things.
    HAMMOND, Percy, & George Wharton. Poker, Smoke and Other Things.

    Chicago : 1907

    First 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

    Stock Code: 143771

  6. The Game of Draw-Poker, Mathematically Illustrated;
    WINTERBLOSSOM, Henry T. (pseud.) The Game of Draw-Poker, Mathematically Illustrated;

    New York : 1875

    First 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

    Stock Code: 143619

  7. Horæ Divanianæ.
    WILLIAMS, Elijah. Horæ Divanianæ.

    London : 1852

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139856

  8. Four-Handed Chess.
    VERNEY, George Hope. Four-Handed Chess.

    London : [1881]

    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

    Stock Code: 136382

  9. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;
    WALKER, George. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;

    London : 1837

    First 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

    Stock Code: 130769

  10. Practical Chess Exercises;
    KENNY, W[illiam] S[topford]. Practical Chess Exercises;

    London : 1818

    First 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

    Stock Code: 97328

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