Staples, Jo Ann.
This beautifully illustrated book contains much more than instructions for card games. After the Introduction, there is a chapter on card games in Austen's novels and letters, where the games mentioned are placed in context. The author dedicates an entire chapter to the history of card-playing in England during Austen's lifetime. Another chapter offers a dictionary of terms. Period recipes linked to Austen quotes round out the book, so that you can plan an authentic menu for your card party. Instructions for the games and recipes are clear and easy to follow. Even we can learn to play, and perhaps win, as advice is provided on strategy for each game! Hb. 2018. NEW. $24.95