New York: Brown & Eckler, 1850. 16pp. Dbd. Edges sprinkled. Very light scattered foxing. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM51704
An extremely rare anti-gambling tract and charter for a new New York anti-gambling society. It contains a mission statement from the reformed gambler and now "General Executive Agent and Corresponding Secretary of the New York Association for the Suppression of Gambling," Jonathan H. Green, author of GAMBLING UNMASKED! and various other works purporting to tell the truth about various gambling tricks. Green lays out his seven-point plan, chief among which is the formation of an Intelligence Office, "by means of which merchants, banking, insurance, and all other public institutions may learn whether persons in their employ, or with whom they have pecuniary dealings, are wasting their substance at the gaming table." He also recommends more pedestrian methods of control, such as providing advice and counsel, and petitioning state governments. Also provided are the articles of the association constitution and its by-laws, as well as a list of rules and regulations for the new Intelligence Office. While all editions of this pamphlet are very scarce, this variant, with sixteen pages printed by Brown & Eckler rather than twelve by William S. Dorr, is slightly more so, with only one copy recorded by OCLC at Yale University. OCLC 887139492.