The Game of Knuckle Bones

Dated September 1901 by Edward Lovett


Edward Lovett


Printed for the Author, Croydon, 1901
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Printing Details

First edition, pamphlet in paper covers and stapled binding. 22 × 14cm, 11pp.

Not signed but Edward Lovett has dated the pamphlet on the last page (Sept 1901) and changed his address in pencil from Croydon to Caterham Valley. A brief online search will show this is in Lovett's distinctive handwriting.

A brief but rare account of the game of knuckle bones, or Astragals, also known as Tali, Fivestones, or Jacks, and played in the ealiest days with the bones of sheep which were thrown up and caught in various manners. The author, Edward Lovett, was an English folklorist, recognised for his collections of charms, amulets, and objects used in children's games. I have only been able to locate one other copy at the Institute of Classical Studies Library in London.


This copy is in good readable condition but with some wear. The stapled binding has rusted and the covers are neatly detached. The inner binding is a little weak and is holding but would need delicate handling.



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