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Moxon, Joseph (1627-1691) The Use of Astronomical Playing Cards.

Auction:
3117B
Lot:
126
Sold for:
$3,998$3,250

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 3117B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 20, 2018 12:00PM

Description:

Moxon, Joseph (1627-1691) The Use of Astronomical Playing Cards. London: The Playing-Cards, and these Books are Sold by Joseph Moxon on Ludgate-Hill at the Signe of Atlas, 1676. First edition, octavo, rare, two U.S. copies and one U.K. copy in ESTC, Harrison D. Horbilt copy, with his bookplate, bound in full speckled sheep, rebacked, 6 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.

In this work, Moxon describes methods for finding major stars and constellations by using his astronomical playing cards. The four suits are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, based on the position of the sun. The cards themselves are quite rare. The Schreiber Collection at the British Museum has one incomplete and defective late 17th century set.

A-C8, D4.
http://estc.bl.uk/R218374
Estimate $4,000-6,000


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Keywords

Joseph Moxon, Harrison D. Horbilt, London, United Kingdom, United States, Gaming, Human behavior, Leisure, Moxon, Playing card, Suit, Surnames

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