Hoyle's Complete and Authoritative Book of Games by Edmond Hoyle is a 460-page hardcover published in 1940 by Blue Ribbon Books. There is surface wear to the cover and bumping to the spine. No dust jacket is present. Inside, there is foxing evident along the page edges but are otherwise clean and unmarked and the binding is sound. This is a reader's copy.
For more than a hundred and fifty years, Hoyle's Games have been the standard authority throughout the world, and "according to Hoyle" has passed into a proverb. Beginning, in the first editions, with a few games, of which whist was chief, the scope of the original work has been gradually enlarged, so as to take in the various games that have from time to time come into popular favor; but none of the editions which have so far been offered to the public has been complete, although many have borne that title; and none has been thoroughly up to date, in the matter of conformity with the latest usage and official laws.