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(1777 – 19th May 1843)

Nimrod is the pseudonym of Charles James Apperley a Welsh sportsman and sporting writer. He reported mostly on fox hunting in The Sporting Magazine. After a dispute with the new owners of the magazine, he moved to Calais in 1830 to avoid imprisonment. He continued to write to support himself.

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Anatomy of Gaming by Nimrod

This multi-part article starts with some historical perspectives and then is largely about the evils of gambling. However, it has a section on crooked play which is interesting for historical reasons. The topics covered in the section are:

  • Reflectors
  • The Longs and Shorts
  • Convex and Concave Cards
  • Pricked Cards
  • The Bridge
  • Skinning
  • Shuffling or Weaving
  • The Gradus, or Step
  • Palming
  • The Telegraph
  • Dice and Dice Boxes
  • Unequal Dice
  • Loaded Dice
  • Cogging, now called Securing
  • Scratched Dice
  • The Doctored Dice-Box
  • Sauter La Coupe (the pass or shift)

1st edition 1837, PDF 73 pages.

★★★★★ $15
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