A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist. Containing the Laws of the Game: and also some Rules, whereby a Beginner may, with due Attention to them, attain to the Playing it well … By a Gentleman.
[London]: Bath printed, and London reprinted for W. Webster near St. Paul's, and sold by all the booksellers and pamphlet shops in town and country, 1743.
First pirated edition, originally published the preceding year. A⁶ B-M⁴. 8, , 86 pp. Half title present. 1 vols. 8vo. Early twentieth century green cloth. Some toning to textblock, a near fine copy. Morocco backed slipcased and chemise Rather, Hoyle 2; ESTC T106241. Item #338061
Hoyle’s Short Treatise on Whist circulated in manuscript among his pupils, and was expanded for publication in 1742. Hoyle sold the copyright to Francis Cogan, but two piracies came out before Cogan’s official second edition. This is the first of the two, printed by James Mechell with a fictitious publisher's name, Webster (the other piracy uses the name Webb).
All the early editions are rare.
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