London: Constable. 1953. [Sleight of hand, cheating, gambling] FIRST UK EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), Pp. x; 138. Publisher's red cloth lettered in silver to spine, typographic dust-jacket with printed price of 8s. 6d. to front flap. Edges toned, jacket with some edge wear, rubbed to spine. Very good. The follow-up to Scarne on Cards, which was a James Bond source book cited by Ian Feming in the novel Moonraker (1955); prior to the bridge game with fraudster Sir Hugo Drax, Bond consults Scarne on Cards to hone his skills. This copy is from the comprehensive Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive assembled by Jon Gilbert, with his bookplate to free endpaper. His encyclopaedic guide to the works of Ian Fleming (2012) won the 16th Breslauer Prize for bibliography. Item #64946
Gilbert, p.619. Ex-Francis Edwards, catalogue 1672, item no.621 (description inserted).