Gambler’s Book Club


For those unfamiliar with it, the Gambler’s Book Club is a Las Vegas institution. Founded by John Luckman, the book club is still in operation. It has published hundreds of gambling books over the years and its longtime “librarian,” Howard Schwarz, is considered an expert on all manner of gaming and related books.

In the late 1960s, the GBC decided to reprint several antiquarian gambling texts. One of those was Erdnase.

Similar to the Magic Inc. version, only smaller, it featured the classic King of Hearts design initially, but later transitioned into an allover “Bee” back design for the covers of subsequent printings.

Ultimately, the GBC would go on to produce at least seven different variants including two perfect-bound editions in the early 1980s.

Each version opens with some minor “Reprinter’s Notes,” explaining the historical importance of the title.


american variants of ERDNASE

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