The Cribbage Player's Text-book;
being a New and Complete Treatise on the Game, in all its Varieties; including the Whole of Anthony Pasquin's Scientific Work on Five Card Cribbage.London: Sherwood, Gilbert, & Piper, 1837 Stock Code: 130769
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 extremely brilliant" (ODNB) and is best remembered as a promoter of the game. He established a number of London's leading clubs and his "long-running chess column in Bell's Life in London (183573) has been described as his 'real service to chess' (Harding, "Kings and Queens at Home", in Victorian Periodicals Review, 42/4 (2009), p.364) particularly in the column's early years, when he was almost alone as an advocate of the game" (ODNB). Library Hub records a single copy at Oxford, WorldCat adds copies at BnF, the Huntington, Morgan, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Pubic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH. None of these listed copies includes the 8-page catalogue of "Works by George Walker" present here. Condition a little compromised, but remains attractive in unrestored contemporary condition.
Duodecimo. Publisher's dark green zig-zag grain cloth, title gilt to the front board within foliate scrolled cartouche, pale yellowish white surface-paper endpapers, all edges gilt.
Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece of "A Hand at Cribbage".
Damp-mottling to the boards, particularly the lower, pastedowns also a little damped, but the text-block just lightly browned, overall very good indeed. Contemporary ownership inscription of "Mr. J.H. Fletcher" to the front pastedown.
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