Philadelphia. 1847. 336pp. plus six plates. Original publisher's black cloth, stamped in blind, featuring a horn spilling items such as players' cards, chips, a clock, and weapons, surrounded by a floral border; rebacked in red calf, gilt leather label. Corners scuffed. Mild foxing and toning, scattered dampstaining. Good plus. Item #WRCAM46030
The first of a series of books on this subject written by Green, and the first book by a professional gambler exposing the tricks of the trade. The present title, here described as "Revised by a Literary Friend, Fourth Edition, Improved," is not listed in Howes, although three of Green's books are. This volume includes chapters on horse racing, card games, "The Depravity of Vice of Rapid Growth," cheating techniques, and many stories of the terrible and untimely deaths of gamblers by murder and suicide, especially in the southern states, most notably Arkansas and Louisiana. Green's works are some of the most elusive and important devoted to early American gambling.