An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling; Designed Especially as a Warning to the Youthful and Inexperienced Against the Evils of that Odious and Destructive Vice … Revised by a Literary Friend.

Philadelphia: G.B. Zieber & Co, 1847.

Price: $2,000.00

About the item

Fifth edition, Improved. Six wood-engraved plates (2 signed by Tudor Horton), illustrations and tables. 336 pp. 8vo. Publisher's brown embossed cloth, spine decorated and titled in gilt. Extremities with minor wear, foxing throughout and some staining in the rear. Jessel 661 (for 4th ed.); not in Howes.

Item #321398

The fifth edition of this popular work on the evils of gambling and the tricks and deceptions used to defraud the unwary, by the riverboat gambler-turned anti-gambling crusader Jonathan Green (1813-1887). Green's role as head of the New York Association for the Suppression of Gambling is described in Herbert Asbury's Gangs of New York. With chapters on cheating in poker, faro, and many other games.

The first edition of 1843 is rare. This edition is notable for its 6 full-page wood-engravings showing, among other scenes of vice, fox hunters, card players, a "Louisville Murder" and a New Orleans gambling den. Two of the engravings are signed by Tudor Horton (fl. 1846-1854), who also provided the frontispiece and 8 full-page wood engravings for Green's 1844 confessional, Gambling Unmasked! or the Personal Experience of the Reformed Gambler (cf. Hamilton, Early American Wood Engravers, no. 908).