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You do not have to travel to Las Vegas to learn about gambling and other games. If you are interested in learning more about the history or strategies of gambling, be sure to browse the rare books about gambling and games section of the Biblio Rare Book Room for some fascinating and interesting reads. Many of the rare and antique books featured below may be first editions, signed, or complete with illustrations and ornate bindings. Look through the featured items below for some truly collectible rare and antique books on games and gambling.

I giochi numerici fatti arcani, palesati. by Alberti, Giuseppe Antonio

Bologna: Bartolomeo Borghi, 1747. First edition. Good/First edition of the first book on prestidigitation printed in Italy. The text is a handbook of dice and card games, mathematical riddles, sleight-of-hand, and magic, illustrated by 16 engraved plate...

From Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio


Les stratagèmes des échecs, ou collection des cours d'échecs les plus brillans et les plus curieux, tant dans la partie ordinaire que dans les différentes parties composées; tirés des meilleurs auteurs, et dont plusieurs n'ont point encore été pub by Montigny, Sieur de

2 volumes in one: 93+[1 blank] pages with tables, engraved plate in the text volume; 122 page of color diagrams. Sextodecimo (4 3/4" x 4") bound in period leather with gilt stamping to spine and red spine label. First chess book to be published in color. ...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


The Chess Monthly Volume I by Daniel Willard Fiske (1831-1904) and Paul Morphy (editors)

v+402 pages with diagrams. Octavo (9" x 6 1/4") bound in full leather with gilt lettering to spine with black labels and original wrappers bound in. From the library of Jsames J Barrett. Volume I. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6389) (Hagedorn:...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


The Book of the London International Chess Congress 1899 by Lord, Frederick Williams (c1856-1937) and W Ward-Higgs (editors)

ii+232 pages with diagrams, index and tables. Quarto (10 1/2" x 6 3/4") bound in three quarter leather with gilt lettered spine label and original vignette affixed to front cover. Annotations by Leopold Hoffer. Provenance Galsgow Chess Club (Betts: 7-3...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Bobby Fischer Uncensored by David and Alessandra De Lucia

394 pages with diagrams, plates, photographs, and facsimiles. Quarto (11" 8 3/4") original proof sheets with corrections by David De Lucia. Final proof copy before publication.Among the highlights of this collection are signed childhood books, numerous si...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Le jeu des Eschets by Greco, Giaccino (1600-1634)

343 pages. Duodecimo (5 ½" x 3 ¼"). Bound in vellum with black lettering to spine. Originally written in 1619 in Italian. [Biblioteca van Der Niemeijeriana: 402]Gioachino Greco, also known as Il Calabrese, was born around 1600 in Celico, which near Cose...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


The Chess Monthly Volume II by Daniel Willard Fiske (1831-1904) and Paul Morphy (editors)

viii+398 pages with diagrams. Octavo (9" x 6 1/4") bound in half leather with three raised spine bands and gilt lettering to spine.From the library of James J Barrett. Volume II. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6389) (Hagedorn: 36) First edition...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


The Game of Billiards (Cover title: A Manual of the Game of Billiards) by Phelan, Michael

New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1858. 3rd Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. "Revised, Enlarged, and Richly Embellished with Engravings." Complete with 267 pages and tissue-protected frontispiece showing the author. 28 full-page diagrams with in-text illu...

From Read 'Em Again Books & Paper


Studies of Chess: containing Caissa, A Poem, by Sir William Jones; a Systematic Introduction to the Game; and the Whole Analysis of Chess by Philidor, A.D. and Pratt,Peter

London. Samuel Bagster. 1803. Handsomely bound in full period Tree Calf. Gilt ruled spine compartments. Red morocco,gilt title label. 8vo. 5.25"x8.5 The First Edition.Two Volumes in One. Complete as issued. Illustrated with a copperplate engraved Frontis...

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB


La Nouvelle Régence, Revue Spéciale des Échecs by Paul Journoud (1821-1882) [editor]

384 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/2") with original wrappers. From the library of James Barrett. Volume 3. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6016). First edition.Volume one was published as La Régence and Nouvelle was added to the tit...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Il Libro del Cortegiano del conte Baldassar Castiglione by Castiglione, Baldassare (1478–1529)

4 books in 2 volumes: [8]+xvi+255 pages with frontispiece; 205 pages with index and errata. Octavo (8" x 5 3/4) bound in stiff wrappers with lables to spines and deckle edges. This edition not in Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana; however, there are...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Nouvel essai sur le jeu des échecs avec des reflexions militaires relatives à ce jeu by Stein, Elias (1748-1812)

viii+x+254 pages with illustrations. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/4") bound half leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine. This first edition was not for sale and intended for subscribers only, of which an interesting list is added with 196 names. ...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Der vierte Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes. Hamburg 1885 by Minckwitz [Jr], Hans (Johannes) [1843-1901]

[ii]+256 pages with diagrams and tables. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5220) First edition.The fourth meeting of the Deutschen Schachkongresse took place in Hamburg in 1885. It was the fourth...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Scacchia ludus: a Poem on the Game of chess by Vida, Marco Girolamo [Bishop of Alba] (c1485-1566)

vi+95 pages with one diagram. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Translated into English verse by the Rev. Samuel Pullein. (Whyld and Ravillous 1750:4)Parallel Latin and English texts. Royal Dublin Society aw...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


Schachmeister Steinitz. Ein Lebensbild des ersten Weltschachmeisters dargestellt in einer vollstandigen Sammlung seiner Partien by Bachmann, Ludwig Ernst August (1856-1937)

4 volumes: 1859-1877: xiv+418 pages with frontispiece, diagrams and tables; 1878-1883: 232+[ii ad] pages with frontispiece, diagrams and tables; 1884-1893: viii+482+[vi ad] pages with frontispiece and diagrams; 1894-1900: xviii+391+[iv ad] pages with fron...

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB


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