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AMING is become so much the Fashion amongst: the Beau-Monde, that he who, in Company, should appear ignorant of the Games in Vogue, would be reckoned low-bred, and hardly fit for Conversation.
Therefore I have taken the Pains to compile this little Treatise, in order to teach the principal Court Games, viz. Ombre, Pic to E T, and the Royal Game of C H E S S.
I think the Method laid down is so plain and easy, that a Person of a very common Capacity may quickly learn thes* most entertaining games, A .. ')'
First, As to Ombre. This Game is variously played, according to the Humours of the Company, or the Stakes they play for; therefore, that the Reader may not be ignorant of any Part of it, he will find it here described in all its Branches: And we have reduced it to Chapters, or Heads, that he may not be puzzled, by running from Article to Article, without method.
It may be objected, perhaps, that we enlarge in some Places upon Things that have been touched on before: But it must be considered, that this Treatise is wrote in Favour of those who have no Notion at all of the game; and to these, we conceive, nothing can be made too plain. Besides, it will be found, that We never speak of a Thing a second'Time. , but where it has not been sufficiently explained before.
As for those who have already some Notion of the Game, this easy Method will soon make them Masters of it.
They who play it well, will find the Rules here laid down so exact, and with so much justice, as readily to decide those frequent Disputes which happen about the Laws of the Game.
But as the Terms made use of in this Game, may seem very harsh and uncouth to those who are not acquainted with it, we have taken Care to explain them by their proper Significations, and /hewn of what.Use and Force they are in the Play.
Secondly, The Games of Picquet and Lottery, are described as they are now played in the best Companies. The LotTery is a Game but lately invented, tho' already in high Esteem among Gentlemen and Ladies of the politest Fasti ion, not only for the variety of Diversion it affords, but likewise because it gives a Liberty unlimited for any Number of Persons to play at it.
Thirdly, The Royal Game at C H Es s (which some maintain to be as old as Troy, and that it was invented by the Grecian Captains, to divert their tedious fevenings at the Siege of that samous City) requires Art and stratagem, and relieves the Mind, when wearied with the Fatigue of Business.
The Improvements We have made in the Games of Ombre, Quadrille, Picquet, and Whist, are so large and useful, and the Rules and Directions we have added so nice and exact, that, we presume, we have sufficiently pointed out the Rocks and Shelves, on which the Unskilful and Unwary have often suffered Shipwreck, which, with a proper Attention, they may not only avoid, but gain great Advantage to. them selves.
John de Vigney, in his Book, called Tht Moralization of Chefs, fays, that the Game of Chefs was invented by Xerxes the Philosopher, to improve and correct the Mind of that famous Tyrant Merodach, King of Babylon, 614 Years before the Birth of Christ.