[ROULETTE] J.A.J. Trade Catalogue. Rule of the Game With Notice Concerning Roulette. Up-to-date Games. Nevers, France: Printer: Chassaing et Fils. [c.1900-1905].
Oblong 8vo., original decorative wrappers stapled as issued. Wrappers splitting and a little grubby, a little general soiling, otherwise a very good copy.
A trade catalogue for the provider of gaming tables and apparatus, J.A.J.. The 8 page illustrated pamphlet lists their wares including roulette tables, billiard tables, backgammon tables, card presses, sabots, bagatelle tables etc Other games include mascotte, petite boules, petits chevaux, nicholas, castouillet and the rabbit hunt.
The catalogue was designed to be customised to particular games through the insertion of a set of rules for a chosen game, in this example Roulette. The inserted "Roulette. Rules of the Game" is a 4 page insert printed on pink paper. The designation of the particular game for the catalogue is marked by an applied paper label "Roulette" pasted onto the upper wrapper.
A fascinating insight into the games and pastimes of the late Victorian/ early Edwardian.period "Who has not been at a loss, on occasion. to find or offer a suitable game with which to entertain one's children or friends. The games offered by us, among which are some of the most original and most novel, will easily solve the difficulty of making a choice."