Philadelphia: G.B. Zieber & Co., 1847. 192pp. plus six plates (including two copies of the frontispiece, one bound in to resemble a front wrapper). 12mo. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, gilt leather labels. Tanning and foxing, repair to verso of first frontispiece. Good. Item #WRCAM55516
First edition of one of the classics in American gambling literature. The author is Jonathan H. Green (1813-87), renowned professional gambler and, later, reformer. Green was a gambler who became a crusader against illegal gambling, and this work is a lurid expose of crime, cheating, and vice. In the introduction Green says that this work is unlike any other he has ever written - unlike, in fact, any work ever before published in America: "It is not a mere exposure of gambling, nor yet an attack on the character of particular gamblers. It is a revelation of wide-spread organization - pledged to gambling, theft, and villainy of all kinds." Howes calls this a sequel to Green's GAMBLING UNMASKED. "Exposé of a secret organization of gamblers and criminals. Pages 147-62 relate his trip to Texas and the Choctaws in 1833" - Eberstadt.
A rare work on early American gambling. HOWES G367. SABIN 28534. EBERSTADT 162:355.