The Laws and Principle of Whist

CAVENDISH The Laws and Principle of Whist

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CAVENDISH The Laws and Principle of Whist New York, John Wurtele Lovell, 1881.

8vo. Original red cloth, with designs in black and gold to cover and spine; pp. 256; an attractive copy in uncommonly good condition for a game manual, little if any evidence of having been used.
A revised edition, reworked from the English for the American readership. Text taken from the twelfth English edition, revised and expanded from there, originally published in 1862. The book itself was the joy and life's work of the writer Henry Jones, who took the pen name Cavendish - this appeared subsequently on all his future works. Under his alias, he wrote on lawn tennis, billiards and croquet, though it was the Whist manual for which he was most often praised. The book, to reflect the game, was updated regularly to reflect the changing habits and tactics of the game itself. This volume in particular is desirable for two reasons - being the leading contemporary treatise on the game, and being the most prominent American publication of the same.