Hoyle (bibliographical)

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.


Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) wrote a number of authoritative books about whist and other card games. He was recognized as the giver of authoritative rules to the various games: in the case of his first, whist, his was the 'official' text until 1864. Since then, many books have been published with titles like Hoyle's Games and The Complete Hoyle: Hoyle has become a generic term for compilations of rules for card games and other games at table, like backgammon, on which Edmond Hoyle did write, and others on which he did not.

  • Hoyle, Edmond, (1748) Mr. Hoyle's treatises of whist, quadrille, piquet, chess, and back-gammon, London, printed for T. Osborne


The first printed edition. It was followed by many derivatives, of which the first notable one was
  • Jones, Charles (and Hoyle, Edmond), (1779) Hoyle's games improved. Being practical treatises on the following fashionable games, viz. whist, quadrille, piquet, chess, back-gammon, draughts, cricket, ... In which are also contained, the method of betting at those games ... Including the laws of the several games, .. Revised and corrected by Charles Jones, Esq;, London, printed for J. F. and C. Rivington, and J. Wilkie; T. Payne, and Son; S. Crowder, and R. Baldwin; T. Lowndes; T. Caslon and B. Law [and 4 others in London], 1779.)


This was often reprinted, the 1814 edition being cited in OED (s.v. 'slam') -
    • Jones, Charles (1814) Hoyle's games improved. Revised and corrected by C. Jones, New ed., enlarged., 1814.


Other spin-off editions include
    • American Hoyle (1860); The Standard Hoyle, a Complete Guide upon All Games of Chance (New York, 1887); G. F. Pardon's Hoyle's Games Modernized, three editions between 1863 and 1872 (ODNB, s.v. Hoyle, Edmond).