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== History ==
In the mid-17th century, game literature in England took off. Initially these were translations of French books, for example on [[Piquet]], but later more original publications appeared. The most successful of these was ''The Compleat Gamester'', which was first published anonymously in 1674, but was attributed during the 18th century to Charles Cotton.{{sfn|Cram|Forgeng|p=47|2003}}{{efn|The full citation is "Cotgrave's rules for card games were themselves cribbed by the most successful of the seventeenth-century English treatises on games, ''The Compleat Gamester'', which first appeared anonymously in 1674; in the eighteenth century it was attributed to Charles Cotton."}} It included instructions on how to play [[billiards]], trucks ([[Truc]]), [[bowls]] and [[chess]], "together with all manner of usual and most gentile games either on [[playing cards|cards]] or [[dice]]," as well as "the arts and mysteries" of [[horse riding|riding]], [[horse racing|racing]], [[archery]] and [[cock-fighting]].{{sfn|Cotton|1674|p=title page}}
== Editions ==
== Literature ==
* {{cite book|last=Cram|first=David|first2=Jeffrey L.|last2=Forgeng|date=2003|title=Francis Willughby's Book of Games|location= Oxford|publisher= Routledge}}
[[Category:English non-fiction books]]