Lot 399

HOYLE EDMOND: (1672-1769) English Authority on the rules and play of Card Games. Rare book signed, a hardback edition of Mr. Hoyle's Games of Whist, Quadrille, Piquet, Chess and Back-Gammon, Complete Fourteenth Edition, including the laws of the several games and 'To which is now first added, Two new Cases at Whist, never before printed; also The New Laws of the Game at Whist, As played at White's and Saunders's Chocolate-Houses', printed for Thomas Osborne in Gray's Inn and Henry Woodfall and Richard Baldwin of Pater-noster-Row, London (1765). Signed ('Edmond Hoyle') in bold ink with his name alone to the lower margin beneath an advertisement declaring, in part, 'No Copies of this Book are genuine, but what are signed by the Author'. The small 8vo edition has the original tan calf boards and spine (a little distressed and worn) with raised bands and gilt lettering ('Hoyle's Games'). Contained in a handsome custom designed brown quarter leather and beige cloth clamshell box. Some light age wear and staining, G