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The Compleat Gamester

By Richard Seymour

1750 - London - J. Hodges

6.25" by 4", xii, 324pp.

 
 


 

DETAILS

A scarce and important book on games by Charles Cotton and Richard Seymour.

Bound in full contemporary calf leather.

The Compleat Gamester is the first English book that discussed indoor and outdoor games and sports, including gambling, was published anonymously in the late 17th century.  It was subsequently ascribed to Charles Cotton, who had earlier published an updated version of Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, a book on the joys of fishing.  A 1739 edition was merged with Richard Seymour's The Court Gamester.

 

It is filled with games that have mostly been lost to the passage of time, such as L'Ombre, Queen Nazareen Lanterloo, and Beast.

 

The frontis is taped in but this could be removed professionally. The book is clean and collates complete. A rare find.

 

CONDITION

In need of rebinding. The boards are attached but only by tape and the spine has split. Some of the pages are detached. There is some amateur repair work on the frontispiece and title page. There is an old newspaper article taped onto the front pastedown. There is heavy rubbing to the extremities. The pages are generally clean and bright, with some staining, mostly on the first few pages. There is some browning to the fist and last few pages. There is writing on the back pastedown. Overall the condition is fair but perfectly capable of restoration at a sensible cost. Very scarce.

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