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Ita vita est hominum, quasi, cum ludas tesseris :
TERENCE, Adelphi, iv. 7.
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The present edition of “Hoyle's Games" differs essentially from all its predecessors. The lover of the lucidus ordo will find a more logical disposition substituted for the elaborate confusion of the former editions. The various Games have been classified under the three several categories of Games of Pure Chance -Mixed Games—and Mental and Bodily Games ; preceded by a short introduction explaining the nature and object of the classes to which they belong.
Under the head of the first will be found entirely new treatises upon the Doctrine of Chances, Rouge et Noir, Roulette, the Lottery of France, and an Analysis of the Chances and Combinations of Dice. The various chances which these fascinating but
dangerous Games present, have been calculated according to the rules of mathematical analysis, with the view of dispelling an illusion, but too extensively cherished, that there exist certain systems of play by which the initiated can chain up the wheel of Fortune at pleasure, and win large sums with mathematical certainty.
Under the head of the second, a new treatise upon the fashionable
of Ecarté has been substituted for the jejune and defective article of the former edition. Short Whist has been revised, and Long Whist and Piquet enriched by some new calculations.
Under the head of the third class, the reader will first find the fundamental principles of Chess lucidly demonstrated, and its supposed analogy with the science of war explained away, by a succinct account of the war game at present cultivated in the armies of Russia and Prussia, and which was invented in order to illustrate, more faithfully than Chess can do, tactical movements as they actually occur in the field. Secondly, a treatise upon Polish