Philadelphia. [ 1857]. 312pp. plus 10pp. publisher's advertisements and six plates. Original brown publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Cloth lightly faded, tail of spine scuffed. Mild foxing to plates, else very clean. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM43627
One of the classics in American gambling literature, written by Jonathan H. Green (1813-87), renowned professional gambler and, later, reformer. Green is the most important figure in the early literature of American gambling - a gambler who became a crusader against illegal gambling, and wrote many works devoted to exposing crime, cheating, and vice. "A reformed gambler's adventures among brother card-sharps, counterfeiters, etc., along the lower Mississippi, from Kentucky to Louisiana" - Howes. This is probably the third edition of Green's work originally published in 1844 as GAMBLING UNMASKED.... Green's works are some of the most elusive and important devoted to early American gambling. HOWES G365.