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Rare Gambling and Gaming Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

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.

Expert Coin Magic by David Roth, Richard Kaufman

Near fine. Hardcover. Laminate cover, no dj as issued. Signed and inscribed by David Roth.…

From Second Deal Books


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, TBA


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, TBA



J. W. Arrowsmith. Bristol.,1891. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Illustrated throughout with mono engravings and photographs, mostly portraits of players and old match scenes. A bright and fresh copy in publishers original dark green cloth with gilt lettering to the …

From Paul Foster Books


Postal Chess Recorder Album Six Complete Chess Sets for Recording Move By Move Positions in Postal Chess Games

New York: Chess Review, 1960 Red/tan card covers. Slight soiled. Event filled in: 1962 (Class C) Class Tourney Section no. 62 c. 9 A few games filled in. Blank cards. All pieces present. Extremely Rare OCLC finds 0 copies. Size: 16mo - over 5¾"…

From Open Door Books


The New Game of Human Life - an original board game from 1790 by Wallis, James, publisher

London: Wallis, James, 1790. Hand-colored engraved game board measuring 47x67 cm (18½x26½"), in 12 sections mounted to canvas. (no dice or figures included) An early board game, designed with a spinning totem in mind "To avoid introducing a Dice box in…

From Rare Books Honolulu



Nouvelles règles de la poule a deux billes. Rédigées d’après les avis des plus forts joueurs particulièrement des sieurs Ch. N. M. & publiées par Guilélouvette & Thomeret, fabricants de billards brévetés du roi 1830. by Chéreau, Charles

Large engraved and folded broadsheet (585 x 468 mm) with a beautifull interior view of a billiard hall with a lavishly decorated billiard table with 6 male billiard players, ca 224 x 470 mm, in the upper half of the sheet, designed and engraved by Daniel,…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf


Il Libro del Cortegiano del conte Baldassar Castiglione by Baldassare Castiglione (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 labels to spines and deckle edges. This edition not in Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana; however, there are…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA


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: 7-36) …

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA


Kagan's Neueste Schachnachrichten Schachzeitung Volume 10 by Kagan, Bernhard (1866-1932) [editor]

344 pages with diagrams, tables and plates. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5") bound with original wrappers bound in. Volume 10 complete, also includes volume 2, numbers 8 through 12 of Fernschach bound in. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:6073) 1st edition.Ber…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA


Johannes Zukertort: Artist of the Chessboard by James "Jimmy" Bernard Adams

534 pages with diagrams, plate, illustration, tables and indexes. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6) Bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. First edition limited to 575 copies.As one of the contestants in the first official World…

From The Book Collector ABAA, ILAB, TBA


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, TBA


The Game of Draw Poker by John Keller, Robert Schenck

This is a scarce copy of "The Game of Draw Poker" by John Keller. 1887 1st edition; White, Stokes, & Allen; New York. The book includes the Treatise by Robert C. Schenck and rules for the "new game of Progressive Poker." Contents include poker terms, the …

From CraigsClassics


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


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