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BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPT: Bridge Problems; Bridge for Beginners; Bridge Examination Papers

J A J - Anonymous Mid-Century Bridge Enthusiast
Generously illustrated collection of over 100 Bridge problems and 149 drawings and miniature paintings - an elaborate entertainment on the subjec… Read more
Published in 1946 by Unpublished.
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Generously illustrated collection of over 100 Bridge problems and 149 drawings and miniature paintings - an elaborate entertainment on the subject of Conract Bridge, written entirely in earnest.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Small format (11.5x16.5cm) recently rebound in quarter deep blue morocco over blue cloth covered boards. New endpapers followed by original blue card wrappers and endpapers; a list of drawings (which refer to 149 images) that appear throughout the text, each one opposite the problems. These are mostly pen an ink drawings of British, Irish, European and a few American and Asian bridges and viaducts, from Wroxham and Potter Heigham in Norfolk via Newcastle upon Tyne and London’s bridges to an Alpine viaduct and spans across the Colorado and St Lawrence River at Quebec. Occasional browning and slight chipping to the edges of the first few leaves. Half title and title; ‘Apology’ written on the verso of title page explaining that the book began as Bridge Problems before being enlarged with pictures of bridges themselves and ending as a ‘confused medley’. There are seven coloured images of Indian playing cards (pp42A, 44A and 46A, 48A, 49A,51A, 52A with tissue guards). The Bridge problems run to ff101; ‘Bridge for Beginners by A. Silias’ [pp]10; Bridge Examination Paper [pp]6 Solutions [pp] 32 and Opinions of the Press [pp] 6.

The history of contract bridge, one of the world's most popular partnership card games derives from other trick-taking games such as whist which evolved through the late 19th and early 20th centuries to form the present game. This manuscript derives from the mid-twentieth century, by which time the game had achieved the levels of popular enthusiasm that it retains to this day.


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Publisher Unpublished
Date published 1946
Subject 1 Manuscript
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Product code 8490


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