Mischmasch.Oxford: University Press, November 1882 Stock Code: 108889
A fine copy of this scarce, fragile publicationMischmasch, a wordplay game for two players, was first published in The Monthly Packet in June 1881 (pp. 491-2). This is a revised anonymous reprint of that article, with some minor revisions. The article was originally credited to Lewis Carroll, rules 5 and 6 were transposed, and a note requesting comments and criticism was appended. The game requires two sets of players, of which one proposes a nucleus of letters, and the other side "tries to discover a common English word in which those letters appear adjacent to one another" (Gardner, p. 141). For example, "emo" would become "lemons". Dodgson at Auction 1893-1999 records only the author's own copy selling at auction (Frank Irving Fletcher sale, Anderson Galleries, 19 April 1932, lot 230) and no copy is listed by ABPC since 1975. Scarce.
Bifolium, printed on brown wove paper, as issued; 4 pp. Housed in a custom black velvet-lined solander box.
Small erasure mark to front cover; a fine copy.
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