New York: Published by Hurd and Houghton. 401 Broadway, Cor. Warren Street, 1865.
First edition. Frontispiece after Augustus Hoppin, figures in text. 31 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Croquet Captured the National Imagination. Flexible brown cloth, upper cover with gilt title vignette, lower board stamped in blind. Contemporary ownership signature dated May 19th, 1865, on first blank. Very good plus, fresh copy. Herrick p. 35; Drazin A20b. Item #264166
“As soon as the war was over, croquet captured the national imagination” — G.G. Herrick, The Match Game, A Croquet Anthology. This copy bears the ownership signature of R. Goodman, Jr., May 19th, 1865.
Early American croquet rulebook, with a charming frontispiece of a nimble lady and gent at play, and with a notable glossary of “these few technical terms” sufficient, with “the vocabulary of English at the command of any person intelligent enough to play the game”, to describe any action.
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