The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating

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The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating

Postby TH10111 » April 12th, 2021, 5:28 pm

For those interested in the history of card cheating, The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating aims to document the card cheating techniques described by English language publications from before 1900. A large number of works are reviewed, and it is hoped that it will provide readers with a reference text on the subject. More information is available here.

The ebook is now available from lybrary.com.

The product description is as follows:
This book presents an analytical review of works on card cheating that are written in English and published before 1900. Given this scope, The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating takes 151 publications, and documents the card cheating techniques that they describe. Only card techniques discussed in the context of cheating at card games are considered. The 146 defined techniques are used to evaluate the publications based on their breadth and their contribution to the literature. The breadth is indicated by the absolute number of techniques each work describes, and the contribution is measured by the number of techniques that appear for the first time in the pre-1900 English literature. The intention is for this book to provide a reference text to those interested in the history of card cheating.


Also, it should be noted that the scope is limited to only card cheating techniques that are discussed in the context of their use at the card table; for example, techniques that could be used at the card table, but are described as the method for a magic trick, are not included.

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Re: The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating

Postby Philippe Billot » April 13th, 2021, 3:56 am

Is there a bibliography at the end of the book ?

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Re: The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating

Postby TH10111 » April 13th, 2021, 11:13 am

Hi Philippe,

The fourth chapter is essentially a bibliography; it contains a list of the reviewed and unreviewed works, that includes information like the publication year, title, and author.

Let me know if you have anymore questions.

TH

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Re: The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating

Postby Philippe Billot » April 13th, 2021, 11:22 am

Thanks TH


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