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Conundrums

By (WORD GAME)

Boston: Rust Craft, n.y.. Heavy stock 6" X 3½" printed envelope that opens to reveal two pockets, one containing 16 heavy stock 5" X 3" printed cards and the other containing a single heavy stock bifold 6" X 5" printed card. Very good. Printed envelope faintly age toned and lightly edgeworn, with small discreet archival mends along couple of weakened folds; cards near fine, with the occasional small foxing. This pioneering greeting card company was founded in Boston by Fred Rust in 1906, and their product line also included packets such as this (noted as product number "599"). Each of the 16 cards contains several clever word play questions such as (#1) "When did the fly fly?" and the last (#49) "When was beef the highest?" The bifold "Answers to Conundrums" card lists all answers ("1. When the spider spied her" and "49. When the cow jumped over the moon"). Undated, although the typeface and style suggest perhaps 1920s vintage. The charming printed envelope front actually appears hand colored and shows a young man and young woman facing each other in front of a large window; "Conundrums" title below includes the rhyming explanatory stanza: "Each conundrum here will show / How quick we are -- perhaps how slow! / If slow there are surely others, too, / Just as slow as me and you!" Quaint and complete -- and also scarce.

$50.00

Tricks and Stunts with Playing Cards: Plus Games of Solitaire

By LEEMING, Joseph

New York: Gramercy Publishing Company, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Red paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 107pp. Numerous line drawings. Very good/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight and handsome later printing of this popular 1949 text.

$12.50

Winning Chess Combinations

By BOUWMEESTER, H.

New York: David McKay, Inc, 1977. Hardcover. Translation by A. Phillips. 8vo. Black paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 138pp. Near fine/near fine. A super and tight first edition of this how-to by the Dutch master.

$20.00

Fortune Telling by Cards: A Common Sense Method Arrangement for Ready Reference
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Fortune Telling by Cards: A Common Sense Method Arrangement for Ready Reference

By LEMYNE, Margot

Chicago: Laird & Lee, 1928. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Orange cloth with black lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 127pp. 8 full-page line drawings, numerous small margin illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket rather edgeworn and slightly sunned on spine and lower front panel; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on front flyleaf. A tight and lovely first edition of this uncommon title. One sees later printings and later printings in jackets, one occasionally sees the first edition -- but rarely do you find the first edition AND the dust jacket.

$50.00

How to Play the Endgame in Chess
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How to Play the Endgame in Chess

By BARDEN, Leonard

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1975. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 128pp. Numerous line drawings. Fine/fine. An absolutely superb, pristine first U.S. edition.

$20.00

How to Solve Chess Problems

By HOWARD, Kenneth S.

Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1945. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. vi, 171pp. Illustrations. Very good/good plus. Jacket edge chipped but nice; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on title page. Tight, handsome first edition.

$20.00

White Dwarf: The Games Workshop Monthly Hobby Magazine -- October 2003

By SARLIN, Eric (editor)

Glen Burnie, MD: Games Workshop, 2003. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. 136pp. Extensive color illustrations. Fine. Tight and pristine issue of this monthly devoted to Tolkien-inspired fantasy wargaming.

$10.00

White Dwarf: The Games Workshop Monthly Hobby Magazine -- November 2003

By SARLIN, Eric (editor)

Glen Burnie, MD: Games Workshop, 2003. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. 144pp. Extensive color illustrations. Fine. Tight and pristine issue of this monthly devoted to Tolkien-inspired fantasy wargaming.

$10.00

Autobridge: Play-Yourself Bridge Game

By GOREN, Charles H.

New York: The Autobridge Co, 1951. 12mo (7" X 5"). Green glossy pictorial paper over boards box housing metal Autobridge game, two instructional booklets and pads of "playing hands." Fine/very good. Slight, quite minor wear to outer box lid only; contents pristine. Not a book, although two how-to pamphlets accompany it, but rather a handsome and intriguing bridge game consisting of a grey enameled metal playing board die-cut with dozens of rectangular slots, each bearing a movable button. The pads of "playing hands" mentioned are stiff sheets that slip in beneath this playing board and reveal different scenarios within the rectangular slots. Raves the box front, "It's EASY! It's FUN! It's SMART!" Also -- it's in primo CONDITION! and it's UNCOMMON!

$35.00

Dictionary of Modern Chess

By HORTON, Byrne J.

[New York: Bonanza Books, n.y.]. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 224pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Slightest bit of mild jacket wear. Tight and handsome reprint of this 1959 Philosophical Library text.

$15.00

The Official System of Contract Bridge: The Official Book on the Official System

Chicago: The John C. Winston Company, 1931. Small 8vo. Brown gilt-stamped suede, dust jacket. vi, 236pp. Line drawings. Pictorial front endsheet, text rear endsheet. Very good/good. Jacket well worn and with large paper loss at center of jacket spine -- overall attractive nonetheless. Tight, clean first edition.

$20.00

The American Chess Player's Handbook

Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Company, 1934. Hardcover. 16mo. Red cloth, gilt. 256pp. Color frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Bit of edgewear, with spine lightly sunned and soiled. Much later, revised edition of this classic.

$20.00

Telling Fortunes with Cards: A Guide to Party Fun

By MARTIN, Kevin

South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1970. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 155pp. Very good/very good. Ownership signature and small magazine picture tipped to front flyleaf. First edition.

$15.00

The Complete Book of Games

By WOOD, Clement, and GODDARD, Gloria

Garden City: Garden City Books, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 894pp. Diagrams. Near fine/very good. Very minor jacket edgewear. Early reprint of the 1940 Doubleday edition, tight and with a bright attractive jacket.

$35.00