The Early Modern Commons

Edmond Hoyle, Gent.

Recent Posts

Who Made These Marks?

22 June 2017

Let me note quietly the sixth anniversary of this blog!There is an odd passage on pages 35-6 of Whist.4, the fourth edition of Hoyle's Short Treatise on Whist (1743). Hoyle gives one...

Another 2016 Acquisition

12 December 2016

Only days ago, I published an essay on my 2016 acquisitions. One more just arrived from Austria. I didn't include it in the previous essay because it had been stuck in US Customs for...

16: The Year in Collecting

8 December 2016

Earlier this year, the Book Club of California hosted the annual tour of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. I was a panelist for a session entitled "Delights and Dilemmas...

Piquet, Provenance, and a Puzzle

14 November 2016

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, I wrote year-end essays highlighting new acquisitions. I've made sporadic interim updates on particularly noteworthy books: a trictrac manuscript and a Scottish...