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Postby Jason England » 10/08/12 10:25 PM

Fellow Genii members,

I am posting this listing of antiquarian gambling/poker books for a friend of mine from Canada. His name is Jim Faller and I can/will vouch for his reliability as a seller and all-around good guy. If you have any questions about him, feel free to contact me. If you have questions about his books list, please contact Jim himself.

Jason England

PS: Steve Forte helped Jim put together this list and so all prices are phrased/listed as "estimates." This was done with an eye towards selling the entire collection as a lot. You can consider these estimates as prices, but reasonable and fair offers for single or multiple items will be entertained.

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ANTIQUARIAN GAMBLING BOOKS FOR SALE
If you would like to make an offer for one or more books (or the entire collection), or have any
questions, please contact Jim at jrf77@rogers.com. Thanks very much.

CHEATING

1. Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling
J.H. Green, 1847, 4th edition, 336 pages, 5" by 7 1/2" (G. B. Zieber & Co.)
good condition
* Jonathan Harrington Green was known as The Reformed Gambler and was the first author
to present a cheating expos in America (also the first work in American literature with the word
gambling in the title). No antiquarian gambling library is complete without this classic.
Est. $750 . . . (two copies listed on abe.com, $1750 and $500)

2. Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling
J.H. Green, 1847, 5th edition, 336 pages, 5" by 7 1/2" (G. B. Zieber & Co.)
good condition
Est. $500 . . . (two copies on abe.com, $1750 and $500)

3. Gamblers Tricks with Cards Explained and Exposed
J. H. Green, 1858, 114 pages, 4 1/2" by 7" (Dick and Fitzgerald)
pictorial soft cover; some chipping; good condition
Est. $300 . . . (only one copy on abe.com; hardbound, $350)

4. Wanderings Of A Vagabond
John Morris, 1873, 492 pages, 5" by 7 1/2"
published by author; original hard cover; very good condition
* this rare title presents the best and most extensive coverage ever documented about Faro and
the early skinning houses
Est. $750 . . . (no copies on abe.com)

5. Forty Years A Gambler on the Mississippi
George Devol, 1887, 300 pages, 5 3/4" by 8 1/2" (Devol and Haines, Cincinnati)
original pictorial hardcover; good condition
Est. $400 . . . (earliest edition on abe.com is 1926; $300)

6. Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne, 1894, 335 pages, 5" by 7 1/2" (FC Longmens, Green & Co.)
pictorial red hard cover shows wear; fair condition
Est. $150 . . . (five copies on abe.com; 1894, 1895, 1907; from $75 - $483)

7. The Devil and the Grafter
Clifton Wooldridge, 1907, 528 pages, 6 1/2" by 8 1/2"
pictorial hard cover; front and back boards loose from spine; overall fair condition
* a world famous criminologist and detective, Wooldridge employed many disguises while
working undercover to catch the scammers
Est. $150 . . . (only one copy on abe.com; poor condition; $75)

8. Protection (The Sealed Book)
Joseph E. Meyer, 1911, 123 pages, 3rd edition, 6" by 9"
worn red soft cover with metal rivets; good condition
* marked cards, gaffed dice, crooked gambling games and cons, rigged slots and trade
stimulators
Est. $50 . . . (five copies on abe.com; 1901 & 1911; from $45 - $85)

9. Protection (The Sealed Book)
Joseph E. Meyer, 1911, 123 pages, 6" by 9"
black soft cover; stamped on some pages as being from Hill Brothers, a crooked gambling supply
house in Salida, Colorado; overall good condition
Est. $50

10. Gambling and Gambling Devices
John Phillip Quinn, 1912, 306 pages, 6" by 9"
gold embossed hard cover; good condition
pages 69-84 duplicated; pages 53-68 supplied in Xerox
* one of the better sources for researching old devices and games; a true classic
Est. $50 . . . (several copies on abe.com; 1895, 1912, 1913; from $95 - $675)

11. The Open Book
J. H. Johnson, 1933, 155 pages, 5" by 8 1/4" (published by author)
soft cover, original pictorial front wrapper, very good condition
* topics include everything from playing readers and liquid dice to the mouse game
Est. $50 . . . (five copies on abe.com; 1927, 1933, 1941; from $50 - $85)

12. Monte Carlo - Secret Service/Sealed Book - Dont Be a Sucker
author unknown, 1925, 96 pages, 5 3/4" by 8 3/4"
original red and black soft cover; very good condition
* lists 150 plus methods of cheating; profusely illustrated
Est. $150 . . . (apparently no copies on abe.com; checked under all titles)

13. How Tis Done or The Secret Out
C.E. Curtis, 16 pages, 5" by 8"(Lehigh, NY)
soft cover with small paper loss; overall in good condition
* pamphlet with scant descriptions of reflectors, convex and concave cards, pricked cards,
weaving, dice, and more; also includes a description of ventriloquism and Cardiology (fortune
telling with cards).
Est. $100 . . . (no copies on abe.com)

POKER

14. The Game of Draw Poker Mathematically Illustrated
Henry T. Winterblossom, 1875, 72 pages, 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" (WM. H. Murphy, New York)
original blue hard cover, gold embossed title, shows wear on cover, otherwise good condition
* this historically important title is considered to be the first book devoted entirely to Poker with
the focus on the mathematics of the game
Est. $400 . . . (no copies on abe.com)

15. The Complete Poker Player
John Blackbridge, 1880, 174 pages, 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" (Dick and Fitzgerald)
original, pictorial hard cover; loose title page otherwise in very good condition
* the 1 edition of this title (1875) is considered th st e second book devoted entirely to Poker;
includes chapters on the freezeout game, study of the draw, frauds in playing, and more
Est. $400 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, 1880, $454)

16. The Complete Poker Player
John Blackbridge, 1880, 174 pages, 4 1/2" by 6" (Dick and Fitzgerald)
pictorial soft cover; minor chip on cover; good condition.
Est. $300 . . . (no soft cover copies on abe.com)

17. The Game of Draw Poker
John W. Keller, 1887, 84 pages, 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" (Frederick A. Stokes Co.)
original decorative hard cover; very good condition
Est. $300 . . . (three copies on abe.com; from $500 - $650)

18. The Thompson Street Poker Club from Life
Henry Guy Carelton, 1888 (White and Allen, NY)
minor foxing; original worn front cover; otherwise in good condition
Est. $100 . . . (five copies on abe.com; from $97 - $250)

19. The Mott Street Poker Club
White and Allen (NY), 1889, 50 pages
original pictorial hard cover
two copies; one in good condition, the other has a worn cover otherwise in good condition
Est. $150 . . . (two copies on abe.com; from $95 - $187)

20. The Gentlemens Hand-Book on Poker
W. J. Florence, 1892, 195 pages, 4 1/2" by 7" (G. E. Routledge and Sons, New York and London)
advertisements for Squeezer playing cards; original hard cover; good condition
Est. $300 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, repaired, $500).

21. Poker
R. F. Foster, 1897, 104 pages (Brenanos NY, Chicago, Paris)
original decorative cover; very good condition
Est. $150 . . . (eight Foster poker titles on abe.com, no 1897 copies; from $60 - $237)

22. Its All In The Draw (two copies)
United States Cartridge Company, 1895, 18 pages, 5 1/2" by 9 1/2"
Copyright by C. H. Brelsford and C. W. Dimick
both copies with original cord binding; some chipping to covers; one cover more stained/dirtier
than other; internal lithography in good condition
* this is a promotional booklet in full color, printed on heavy card stock, and bound
with cord; limericks on the left pages accompanied by beautiful color illustrations on the right
pages; one of the most attractive and desirable pieces of Poker ephemera
Est. $750 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, $1250)

23. The Poker Manual
Templar, 1901, 119 pages, 5 3/4" by 7" (Frederick Warne and Co., New York and London)
original, red decorative hard cover; gilt page edges; very good condition
* covers probabilities, bluffing, local variations, and more; illustrated hands throughout
Est. $300 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, 1895, $350)

24. How to Beat the Game
Garrett Brown, 1903, 117 pages, 4" by 7" (J.W. Dillingham Co., New York)
original pictorial hard cover; illustrations; good condition
Est. $150 . . . (no copies on abe.com)

25. Practical Poker or Foster on Poker
R. F. Foster, 1904, 242 pages, 4 1/2" by 7" (Thomas De La Rue)
original red hard cover; very good condition
Est. $150 . . . (see item #21)

26. Stand Pat or Poker Stories from the Mississippi
David Curtis, 1906, 268 pages, 5" by 7 1/2" (L.C. Page & Co.)
pictorial hard cover; illustrations; very good condition
Est. $125 . . . (five copies on abe.com; from $127 - $200)

27. Poker Smoke and Other Things
Percy Hammon and George C. Wharton, 1907, 72 pages, 5 1/2" by 8" (Reilly and Britton Co.,
(Chicago), autographed by authors; original pictorial hard cover; very good condition
* humorous theme including gratuitous advice, smoke quotes, recipes, cartoons and limericks,
history and rules
Est. $150 . . . (fives copies on abe.com; from $50 - $175)

28. How to Win at Draw Poker
1910, 22 pages plus ads, 5 1/4" by 7 1/2" (Johnson Smith & Co. MI)
original pictorial soft cover; very good condition
Est. $50 . . . (three copies on abe.com; from $37 - $72)

29. Poker Alice
Nolie Mumey, 1951, 47 pages, 7 3/4" by 10 1/2" (Artcraft Press, Denver)
numbered and signed copy; #448 of 500; excellent condition
* Poker Alice (Alice Ivers, Duffield, Dubbs Huckert; 1851 - 1930) was a legendary female poker
player; includes photos, illustrations, and giant foldout map showing Alices travels during her
career
Est. $125 . . . (several copies on abe.com; from $75 - $325)

OTHER GAMES and SUBJECTS

30. The Compleat Gamester
Richard Seymour, 1734, 5th edition
believed to be the original hardcover, if not a very early replacement; engraved frontispiece; hard
cover is worn; good condition
* quite rare; this edition for the first time explains how not to be cheated; explores the rules of
Whist, Faro and Brag
Est. $2000 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, 1750, $3670)

31. A Short Treaties on the Game of Whist
Edmond Hoyle (printed for T. Osbourne), 1746, 6th edition, 80 pages
rebound; signed by Hoyle!; good condition
* note that the 14th edition (1765) was the last published during Hoyle's lifetime; the 15th and 16th
editions had his autograph reproduced by woodblock printing
Est. $500 . . . (no copies on abe.com)

32. Mr. Hoyles Games
Edmond Hoyle (printed for T. Osbourne), 1765, 14th edition
signed by Hoyle!; rebound hard cover; good condition
* a continuation of a short treatises with more games added
Est. $250 . . . (four copies on abe.com; 1755, 1763, 1770, 1772; from $228 - $1200)

33. The Palingenesis of Craps
Edward Larocque Tinker, 1933, 8 pages (The Press of the Woolly Whale)
original printed boards with onion skin wrappers; only 400 printed copies, 150 for sale; excellent
condition
Est. $150 . . . (several copies on abe.com; from $50 - $150)

34. The Secret
Thomas Alfred Jones, 1958, 127 pages (Comet Press, NY)
original hardcover; very good condition
* about an African American gambler and his life gambling in Washington from 1904-1958
Est. $30 . . . (two copies on abe.com, $30)

35. What is the Odds
Joe Ullman, 1903, 155 pages (Metropolitan Printing Co.)
original pictorial hard cover; good condition
* stories of the turf written by a bookmaker
Est. $50 . . . (several copies on abe.com; from $35 - $85)

36. Lotteries, A Short History (A Lecture Before the Boston Young Men's Society on the
Subject of Lotteries)
George William Gordon, 1833 (Temperance Press, Ford and Darrell, Boston)
original green hard cover; hard cover; gold-embossed spine; overall excellent condition
Est. $400 . . . (only one copy on abe.com, $450)
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