Researches Into the History of Playing Cards: With Illustrations of the Origin of Printing and Engraving on Wood ... (Google eBook)

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R. Triphook, 1816 - Card games - 373 pages
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Page 276 - I think it is below reasonable creatures to be altogether conversant in such diversions as are merely innocent, and have nothing else to recommend them, but that there is no hurt in them. Whether any kind of gaming has even thus much to say for itself, I shall not determine ; but I think it is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing away a dozen hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards...
Page 276 - I must confess I think it is below reasonable creatures to be altogether conversant in such diversions as are merely innocent, and have nothing else to recommend them but that there is no hurt in them. Whether any kind of gaming has even thus much to say for itself...
Page 338 - Honours in his hand, and if the other answers one, the Game is up, which is nine in all, but if he hath more than two he shows them, and then it is one and the same thing ; but if he forgets to call after playing a trick, he loseth the advantage of Can-ye for that deal. " All Cards are of value as they are...
Page 254 - Then thirdly follow'd heaving of the maw. A game without civility or law, An odious play, and yet in court oft seen, A saucy knave to trump both king and queen.
Page 265 - It was so named as requiring thought and reflection, which are qualities peculiar to man, or rather alluding to him who undertakes to play the game against the rest of the gamesters, and is called the man.
Page 167 - Opilio (Schoeffer) de Gernsheim, citizen of Mentz, who was the son-in-law of the first inventor of this art, great difficulties were experienced after the first invention of this art of printing, for in printing the Bible, before they had completed the third quaternion (or 'gathering of four sheets), 4000 florins were expended. This Peter Schoeffer, whom we have above mentioned...
Page 338 - Ruffs ; that is, he takes in those four Cards, and lays out four others in their lieu ; the four Honours are the Ace, King, Queen, and Knave ; he that hath three Honours in his own hand, his partner not having the fourth sets up Eight by Cards, that is two tricks ; if he hath all four, then Sixteen, that is four tricks ; it is all one if two Partners make them three or four between them, as if one had them.
Page 334 - Then do the Rooks (more properly called Wolves) strive who shall fasten on him first; following him close, and engaging him in some advantageous bets ; and at length worries him, that is, gets all his money; and then the Rooks (Rogues I should have said) laugh and grin, saying, ' the Lamb is bitten !' " Some of these Rooks will be very importunate to borrow money of you, without any intention to pay you ; or to go with you seven to twelve, half a crown or more, whereby, Without a very great chance...
Page 333 - An ordinary is a handsome house where every day, about the hour of twelve, a good dinner is prepared by way of ordinary, composed of variety of dishes in season, well drest, with all other accommodations fit for that purpose, whereby many gentlemen of great estates and good repute make this place their resort, who after dinner play a while for recreation, both moderately and commonly, without deserving reproof: but here is the mischief, the best wheat will have tares growing amongst it.

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