Item #75042 SHARPS AND FLATS: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill. J. Nevil Maskelyne.

SHARPS AND FLATS: A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1895. Second Edition. Hardcover. Among the first books relating the secrets of the card sharps, it includes detailed information on marked cards, reflectors, holdouts, manipulation, collusion and conspiracy, etc. There are also chapters dedicated to cheating with dice, roulette and allied games, high ball poker, and sporting-houses. Maskelyne (1839–1917) was an English stage magician and inventor of the pay toilet, along with other Victorian-era devices. Octavo: 334 p. + 32 p. publisher's advertisements with 4 plates and numerous texual illustrations. Original red cloth binding, with pictorial white and black stamping. Light foxing to the contents. The armorial bookplate of Herbert S. Leon appears on the front pastedown. The spine is rather sun faded, with a bit of rubbing to the stamping on the front board and some general edgewear; else about very good. Very good. Item #75042

Price: $150.00

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