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SINGER, Samuel Weller.

Researches into the history of playing cards;

with illustrations of the origin of printing and engraving on wood.

Stock Code
102600
London, Published by Printed by T. Bensley & Son for Robert Triphook, 1816
£2,500

The first section on the origin of cards, the second section on the history of wood-engraving, the third section on the principal and most interesting games at cards. A very elegant book as one would expect of a Bensley printing.

The author's argument is that the increasing popularity of card games had led to a demand for finer, more artistic packs, which in turn encouraged more skilful wood-engraving. This caused a greater appreciation of carving from earlier eras. Singer was a bookseller and scholar whose great patron was Francis Douce, a collector of early card decks.

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Description

First edition. 4to, [xvi], 373 [3] pp., one of 250 copies, 11 engraved, and 8 colour woodcuts, woodcuts within the text, some on india paper, occasional light spotting, contemporary sprinkled calf, covers with greek key border, rebacked to style, gilt armorial to covers, a very good copy.

Bibliography

Bigmore & Wyman II, p. 362.

Stock ID:102600

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