hist-games: dating period card games

John McLeod john at pagat.demon.co.uk
Sat Oct 19 06:59:08 PDT 2002

On Sat, 19 Oct 2002 Imran Ghory <Imran Ghory <imran at bits.bris.ac.uk>>
>I've been searching english literature for early references to card games
>and have produced a list of dates of the earliest mention of card games
>that I could find.
>All-Fours - 1683
>Wit and reason - 1680

Both these games are described in Cotton's Compleat Gamester (1674).

>Sant - 1591

Parlett notes in his History of Card Games that Cavendish found a
reference to Saunt (the same game, presumably?) from 1532.
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