Fully titled: The Poker Manual A Practical Course Of Instruction In The Game, With Illustrative Hands And Chapters On Bluffing, And Jack-pots.
Together With The International Code Of Laws.
Published in London by Frederick Warne & Co, 1895.
First edition of Templar’s Poker Manual. Illustrated throughout with colorful red and black diagrams, all edges gilt. In good condition.
Front hinge is split and ownership details on f.e.p. and across title (as pictured).
First editions are rare with the subsequent 1901 publication also difficult to source.
In this early 20th-century Poker Manual, the anonymous author “Templar”observes that “the spirit of the game, and of the laws, must be kept in view.”
This elegant yet practical volume covers etiquette and jackpots, strategies for varying both play and style, outlines the international codes of the game, and offers a reminder that “bluffing… gives to the game its intense human interest. Without it, Poker would be mere chance.”
And, from the Preface:
“The object of this book is three-fold: to state in plain language the principles of the game of Poker & the mode in which it is played; to supply hints & suggestions for the player, based on a very extensive experience; and to furnish a definite and exhaustive Code of Laws.”