hist-games: Tarok

Jane & Mark Waks waks at comcast.net
Fri Mar 27 14:11:19 PDT 2009

Alfgar the Sententious wrote:
>> Are you looking for Tarok specifically, or the whole family, or just
>> this particular description? Either way, the book you ideally want is
>> Michael Dummett's hard-to-find "The Game of Tarot". (Also useful are
>> Dummett and McLeod's "A History of Games Played with the Tarot Pack", or
>> at a pinch Dummett's smaller and less comprehensive "Twelve Tarot Games".)
>  And this monumental compilation does not give any description earlier 
> than Court de Gebelin in the 18th century. This seems to be what the 
> characters in THE GAME OF KINGS are playing.

Are you sure you're thinking of the right book? Dummett certainly gives 
at least sketchy descriptions of what we know from the mid-17th century 
in both of his books. We don't have deep details until later, but we 
certainly have some sources...

				-- Justin

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