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PRACTISED AT THE PRESENT TIME, IN
ALSO THE WHOLE OF
OONTAINING, BESIDES ELEMENTARY INSTRUOTION AND TH3
LAWS OF OHEBS, ABOUT
ENDINGS OF GAMES, AND THE DEFEAT OF THE MUZIO GAMBIT.
OF, AND RULES FOR, FOUR-HANDED CHEAS.
BY THOMAS FRERE.
-LOCKE AND BUBIER.
1875, April 2. Bát mith the Giet og - the Editors of The Karrard Advocaten
Entered according to Act of Congreso, in the year 1&1, by
THOMAS W. STRONG, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of New York.
We might say, “the very high reputation which Hoyle's Games have deservedly maintained, for nearly a century, has led to numerous editions of his treatise all of which," &c., giving innumerable imperfections, in detail, of all previous editions, and continue, “ but it seems to have escaped the observation of his numerous editors," &c., naming here many extreme necessities for a new edition, and adding that “ the publisher congratulates the public on having been so fortunate as to secure the valuable services of,”' &c., “by whose menowned skill and long experience he is now enabled to lay before the people the most complete," &c. ; but we don't say any thing of the kind about our little book quite the contrary : THERE ISN'T A LINE OF “ HOTLE” IN IT. Hoyle is a fossil, and suited only to fossil players. We in these days play finer shots than Hoyle ever played. For proof, see “ Mathews," whose Whist text we print. And as for Chess only think of the authority of . Hoyle! We look to Staunton, Kling, Horwitz, Von der Laza, Anderssen, Jaenisch, Harrwitz–any of whom would literally have beaten Hoyle with their eyes shut. As to Billiards, we bave never had the good fortune to see an original “Hoyle" with Billiards in it at all. If Hoyle played Billiards, we can guarantee that “Michael" could have “discounted” him. We also wonder whether Hoyle played Draughts : if so, whether he could ever have won a game of Sturges, Ander. son, or Martin !
We happen to have a copy of the “Eleventh Edition" of a book by one “Edmond Hoyle, Gent. ;"' every volume of which edition was given to the world only with the author's real, genuine autograph, done on the title-page with veritablo goose-quill, and countersigned in the same manner by his publisher, (a course which we would suggest to some niodern publishers — only to prevent piracy, you know!) Hoyle's object being, as he states, “ to detect and prosecute whoever hall presume to print or vend a private edition ;' and he 'urther informs us that he “has already arrested nine persons," (got them in the nine holes) “ for pirating and selling pirated editions.” Now, being aware of the sentiments of Hoyle on piracy, we call upon his Shade to compare our book with his own genuine-according to himself—"according to Hoyle''-and by his own hand subscribed ; and if he finds a line of his in it, and will “communicate," we agree to como down handsomely, for damages, to the legal representatives of his assignee at once.
The German game of " Sechs und Sechszig," or Sixtysix, has never before, that we are aware of, been dressed in an English garb. We do not hesitate to pronounce it the best game of cards for two players that we ever practised.
On concluding his labors, the Editor dismisses this little solume, with the hope that it may prove conducive to the pleasures of many a fireside, and be received by the public in a manner somewhat commensurate with the care taken in ts compilation.
TF. BROOKLYN, N. Y., Maroh, 1867.