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[SOUMILLE, ABBÉ BERNARD LAURENT] - Le grand trictrac ou méthode facile pour apprendre sans maître la marche, les termes, les règles, et une grande partie des finesses de ce jeu, enrichie de 270 planches ou figures, avec les décisions des cas particuliers

Avignon François Girard & Dominique Seguin 1739 In-8°, [8] + 320 + [4] pp. Ouvrage illustré de nombreuses illustrations gravées sur bois dans le texte (certaines à pleine page). Annotations anciennes à l'encre noire au verso du feuillet de garde. Agréable exemplaire, malgré quelques légères piqûres. Plein veau d'époque, dos à 5 nerfs, finement orné et doré, pièce de titre rouge. Tranches rouges. With numerous woodcut illustrations within text (some full-page). Contemporary full calf, gilt spine with raised band and red morocco lettering piece. red edges ¶ Edition originale de ce grand classique et l'un des premiers ouvrages illustrés sur ce jeu d'origine chinoise qui connut une très grande vogue en Europe au 18ième siècle. First edition of an early treatise on backgammon. Soumille was a secular priest and an amateur scientist, who invented machines and a new model of thermometer. His attention apparently went to games and he was also the author of books on lottery. The present work is the first complete treatise on backgammon, a game of Chinese origin, which enjoyed vast popularity in France and other European countries. In the preface Soumille asserts that this book is not the first publication on the subject, but it is certainly one of the earliest illustrated ones. The book was frequently reprinted. Barbier, II, 565; Quérard, France littéraire, IX, p.230
EUR 1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1480.71 | £UK 1141 | JP¥ 155926] Book number 5405


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