The Royal Game of the Ombre.
- $6,000 - $8,000
The Royal Game of the Ombre. London: Printed for William Brook, dwelling in the Black Swan Inn-Yard in Holborn, 1660. First edition, octavo, rare work on card playing; one copy in ESTC, at the British Library, no U.S. copies; the only other edition, dated 1665, shows two British copies only; bound in modern calf, some spots to title, 5 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.
"L'Ombre is a Spanish Game at Cards, as much as to say, The Man: so he who undertakes to play the Game, sayes, Yo so l'Ombre, or, I am the man." Ombre is a fast-moving trick-takingcard game known as one of the earliest card games in Europe, and a classic of its genre, related to Euchre, Boston, and Solo Whist. It is complicated to play and was very popular in England in the 17th century. I is unclear whether the other known copy of this edition contains the added leaf present here.
A8 (+one leaf inserted between A3 & A4, printed on recto only, with the headline, "Additions/ Concerning Taking In, to be inserted page 5"), A8 blank and present.
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