New York: Published by the author, . 492pp. Original pebbled rust cloth, spine gilt. Light shelfwear. Very clean internally. An attractive copy. Item #WRCAM55033
A scarce, engaging, and exceedingly well-written account of the life of a wandering gambler, with much of the action taking place in the South. O'Connor was adept at a number of games, mostly involving cards, such as faro, and three-card monte, and this book is considered one of the great classics of shyster literature. There are also discussions of boxing matches and horse racing, and the dangers of "river sharpers," "wolf-traps," "second-class skinning houses," and other situations in which one would rather not find oneself. "This informative and, in spots, exciting work might appropriately be entitled 'Anthology of Gambling, 1830-1860.' The 'gentleman gambler' born in Marietta, Ohio, pictures his career in the larger cities and on the river steamboats, explains the origin and development of 'games of hazard,' exposes the numerous tricks employed, and describes various gambling emporiums in Richmond, Washington, Baltimore, Lexington, Louisville, New Orleans, and Mobile....[provides] sharp pictures of slave traders, Mississippi steamers, and districts in some of the Southern cities." - Clark. At the conclusion of the text is a teaser note promising that a sequel "will shortly appear," but said follow-up was never published. Listed in Wright's bibliography of American fiction, but this text certainly seems based on authentic experiences. HOWES O20, "aa." CLARK III:373. POWELL, GAMBLING BIBLIOGRAPHY 1490. WRIGHT II:1812.