[1760-1] Mr Hoyle's Games of Whist, Quadrill, Piquet Chess and Back-Gammon Complete: In Which are Contained the Method of Playing and Betting At Those Games, Upon Equal or Advantageous Terms Including the Laws of the Several Games
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Early Edition, Scarce, Signed
With the bookplate of William Fair, Esquire. Fair was from the border village Langlee, Scotland. He has been named in parliamentary papers and it is therefore possible that he had a role in local government. A scarce edition, signed by both Edmond Hoyle and Thomas Osborne. To the verso of the title page is a short advertisement regarding piracy of this text. It states that the book has been entered at Stationer's Hall and therefore, whoever prints a pirated edition shall be prosecuted along with the nine persons already caught. It states that the true editions are signed by Edmond Hoyle and Thomas Osborne. They also note that to reduce incentive to buy pirated editions, they have reduced the price which is stated to the title page as 'three shillings, neatly bound'. This copy has been signed by both Hoyle, the author and Osborne, the publisher. No date to the title page of this volume, dated from Copac. This book is a collection of rules and play of card games. Originally Hoyle published individual treatises on different games such as backgammon and quadrille. However, in 1748 he began releasing a collected edition, of which this copy is one of. This edition of Hoyles Games was one of the last to be published in the author's lifetime and to be signed by his hand. The fifteenth and sixteenth editions were published after his death and had his autograph reproduced by a woodblock. With two title pages, the first 'Mr Hoyles Games' has the signed advertisement to the verso, in addition to the edition information. The second title page follows the contents and is the full title of 'A Short Treatise..'
In original full calf binding. Externally, sound with slight rubbing to the joints, extremities and spine. The joints are tender with the hinges also tender with cords showing. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, William Fair Esquire of Langlee. Remnants of bookseller label, possibly Mackenzie to front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright, first few pages are slightly age toned. The odd spot throughout.
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