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, William Stopford. 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