A Modest Defence of Gaming.
London. Printed for R. And J. Dodsley. 1754. 12mo, 18cm, first edition, 40,p., complete with half titles, publisher's ads., printer vingette device on the title page, dis-bound, sound, some slight toning, very good to fine copy, rare. (cgc). Item #40548
Horr 934 - An treatise defending gaming (cards) and gambling, which was becoming quite popular throughout all social levels of 18th century Great Britain. "Of all the zealous efforts that have been made by the Reformers of this Christian Age to check the progress of Vice and Immorality, the Glamour against Gaming hath met with the greatist Number of Voices to support it: the Journalist worries it from the Press; the Preacher curses it most devoutly from the Pulpit; and to crown all, the Tragedian thunders against it from the Stage. ... (first paragraph). ... They had better therefore renounce their Opposition while they can do it with a good Grace, and say at once with the Great Durandorte * Patience! And shuffle the Cards. *Vid. Don Quixote. (Last line, p47). WorldCat 2 locations, BM & Vanderbilt.