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Cotton, Charles. Twenty card games: An extract from 'The compleat gamester'. Oxford: Oxford School of Art, 1955. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8.125"). , 51,  pp.; illus. $300.00
Limited to 100 copies, signed on the title-page by the book's designer Peter Tysoe. Originally printed in 1674, English writer Charles Cotton's Compleat Gamester was a frequently consulted reference book on 17th-century games, from billiards, to table games, to racing, and more. Presented here is the card game section containing 20 games, such as "Bone-Ace," "French-Ruff," and "Lanterloo," with illustrations by Tysoe. The => twelve black-and-white woodcuts are reproductions of 15th-century French cards — all face cards, produced in Lyons.
The colophon notes that "this book has been produced as => a complete exercise in book production at the Department of Printing, Oxford School of Art. Peter Tysoe who planned the typography and executed the twelve woodcuts has thereby been afforded an opportunity to assist in all the various stages of production . . . The typeface used for the text is 12-pt. Bembo set solid and composed on the Monotype with a three-unit minimum space."
Uncommon: WorldCat locates => only one institutional copy, not in the U.S.
Publisher's boards covered with cream "vellum" paper, front board with black woodcut within gilt frame and black lettering; paper of boards lightly soiled/foxed, spinea little darkened. Endpapers and half-title foxed; text block not so, with all text and illustrations clean and nice. => A very satisfactory copy of this scarce, limited edition. (38192) Please RESHELVE This.
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