The Georgian Art of Gambling

Claire Cock-Starkey

The Georgian Art of Gambling

Claire Cock-Starkey

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96 pages | 20 halftones | 5 x 7 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $15.00 ISBN: 9780712357395 Published March 2014 For sale in North and South America only
The Georgian Art of Gambling takes readers on a wild tour through high and low society in Georgian England to reveal all aspects of the widespread love of gambling. From detailed accounts of the fashionable card and dice games of the day, as played in fine homes and gambling houses alike, to wagering on blood sports like cockfighting and bull baiting, and such less gruesome affairs as boxing and cricket, Claire Cock-Starkey brings to life the world of Jane Austen; Beau Brummel; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and more. We see aristocrats ruined by the turn of a card; activists mounting antigambling campaigns through pamphlets, broadsides, and legislation; and the devious machinations of card sharps and dice loaders. Cock-Starkey also offers rules and descriptions for a number of games that have fallen out of favor, along with copious anecdotes and facts about the culture of chance in Regency England.


Card-Playing Terminology




Horse Racing–The English Classics


Gambling Clothes

Officers of the Gaming Establishment

Gambling and Animal Cruelty

Card Games in the Novels of Jane Austen

Bare-Knuckle Boxing

Types of Playing-Card Deck


Horace Walpole on Gambling

Loaded Dice

Consequences of High Gaming

Gambling Ladies

The Pernicious Effects of Gaming


Horse Racing Colours

A Lady Gamer

Private Gaming Clubs

Samuel Johnson on Gambling

Jack Broughton’s Rules of Boxing

Beau Brummell

Melancholy Effects of Play


Catastrophic Gambling Losses


Weird Wagers

Preparing a Horse to Race

Gaming: The Shame of the Nation

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Piping, or Cheating at Cards

John Wesley on Gambling


Horse Racing Rules

White’s Unusual Betting Book

The Sandwich


London’s Gaming Hells

The State Lottery

The Female Gambler


Creatures of God Abused

Types of Jockey

Bull- and Bear-Baiting

On Sharpers


A Gaming Master

Abominable Diversion


The Vice of Dice

Barbarity to God’s Dumb Creations

Lord Kennedy of Cassilis


List of Illustrations




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