Title: A patience pocket book: plainly printed. >>SCARCE MINIATURE BOOK<<
Publisher: Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith & London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd.
Publication Date: 1904
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Text in landscape format. 186 pages on thin paper (endpapers slightly foxed). 50 x 70 mm. Original green pebbled cloth, with plain spine and gilt titling on upper cover (edges and hinges very slightly rubbed). Mabel Bent was an Anglo-Irish explorer, excavator, writer and photographer. With her husband, J. Theodore Bent (1852-97), she spent 20 years (1877 1897) travelling, collecting and researching in remote regions of Asia Minor, Africa, Arabia and Eastern Mediterranean, with cards to amuse themselves on their trips. Mabel ran a small bookshop in Jerusalem in the early 1900s and perhaps copies of this miniature volume may have been stocked there, along with her other book, Anglo-Saxons from Palestine; or The Imperial Mystery of the Lost Tribes (London: Sherratt & Hughes, 1908). The Bodleian Library has a copy of this book on Patience- with a letter from Mabel to the card-game specialist and collector F. E. Jessel, who was keen to see Mabel's little whist markers. She writes that she would have replied to him earlier, but had "only just come home from Jerusalem". Jessel included Mabel's book in his standard English bibliography on playing cards (1905, 18, item 100). A copy of this very scarce book is now also in the Bent Archives. WorldCat lists just two more copies worldwide (University of Cambridge and National Library of Scotland). No copies currently found for sale online. Seller Inventory # 5266