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HEY, Richard
A dissertation on the pernicious effects of gaming. Published, by appointment, as having gained a prize* (June 1783) in the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge: printed by J. Archdeacon. for J. & J. Merrill in Cambridge; and for T. Cadell in the Strand London, 1783. 8vo., (4) + 100pp., tiny blank strip removed from upper margin of title (removing a signature? but nowhere near printed surface), contemporary tree calf gilt, a little wear to spine and joints but overall a very good crisp copy. First edition: very scarce. Apparently no copy in Goldsmiths, Kress, Black, Einaudi, Mattioli, Hollander, Masui or Cotton & Little. ESTC, however, locates copies at 7 UK libraries (3 of which in Cambridge) and 6 in N.America. [bound with], HEY, Richard> A dissertation on suicide. Published, by appointment, as having gained a prize* (May 1785) in the University of Cambridge.> Cambridge: printed by J. Archdeacon . for J. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; T. Cadell, B. White, and G. & J. Wilkie, London. 1785. 8vo., (6) + 90pp., including the half-title. A very good crisp copy. First edition: very scarce. Two related dissertations by Richard Hey (1745-1835), the essayist and mathematician, the first a forensic examination of gambling and gamblers, the second a study of gambling's final 'pernicious effect', suicide. Hey's dissertation on gaming was the author's 'chief work' (R.E. Anderson, revised by Rebecca Mills in ODNB) and seems to be a remarkably insightful inspection of gambling in England in the latter part of the 18th century. And so, among much else, including, of course, Hey's graphic account of the destruction of the gambler's marriage, he paints a vivid portrait of the gambler's near-psychotic state. 'The exercise of the Gaming Table … [Click Below for Full Description]
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