Recommended Reading

A bibliography for those want to learn more about the history of games.

Alphonso X’s Book of Games A 13th century Spanish manuscript of game rules.

The American Boy’s Book Of Sports And Games

Birth of the Chess Queen

Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations Recommended

The Boardgame Book

The Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics & History

A Brief Discourse on Eighteenth Century Games

Face to Face with Dice

Francis Willughby’s Book of Games: A Seventeenth-Century Treatise on Sports, Games and Pastimes

Gambler Way: Indian Gaming in Mythology, History, and Archaeology in North America

The Gambling Times Guide to European and Asian Games

Games and Gamesters of the Restoration – The Compleat Gamester – Lives of the Gamesters One of the early collection of game rules from the 17th century.

Hell and Hazard, or William Crockford Versus the Gentlemen of England A look at one of the most popular gaming halls in early 19th century London.

A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess

A History of Card Games Recommended A great look at the history of card games, even though it is not a source for game rules.

A History of Playing Cards and a Bibliography of Cards and Gaming

The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards

It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

Manifest Detection of Diceplay

The merry gamester, or, games through the ages

The New Complete Hoyle, Revised Edition

Old and Curious Playing Cards

Oxford History of Board Games Recommended

Playing Cards of Spain a Guide for Historians and Collectors

Playing Cards of the World

Playing Cards: The History and Secrets of the Pack

Reconstructing Hnefatafl

Roll The Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)

Scarne’s Encyclopedia of Card Games

Vintage Board Games: History and Entertainment from the Late 18th to the Beginning of the 20th Century

A Wicked Pack of Cards: Origins of the Occult Tarot