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Thomas Gataker
Of the Nature and Use of Lots : A Treatise Historicall and Theologicall
London : Printed by John Haviland, 1627-01-01. 2nd. Hardcover. Very Good. 4to. Bound in modern fine leather. Gilt spine. 4 raised bands. Fine binding and cover. Late 18th-century armorial bookplate and signature of Sir Richard Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, 1st Baronet. Clean, unmarked pages with some toning. STC 11671; ESTC S102918. <br><br>Originally published in 1619, Gataker's landmark work on lotteries, provoked controversy for its alleged advocacy of the gambling and gaming. Using a great number of historical examples from the writers of antiquity and the Bible, he set out to distinguish the lot and casual events from divine lots. It was Gataker's lenience towards lotteries for sport that drew the ire of his contemporaries, especially that of James Balmford. Balmford's argument was the Puritan line that all lots were invoking the power of God, a stance that Gataker himself deplored, that therefore all lotteries were wrong. Gataker has the "distinction of being the first to suggest the employment of random-selection devices as a means of resolving the problem of indifferent choice in public policy situations" (Rescher, Studies in the History of Logic, 2006), a half-century prior to Pascal's scientific treatise on probability and Fermat.
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