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DUSAULX, J. De la passion du jeu, depuis les temps anciens jusqu'à nos jours. Par., 1779. 2 vols. xxxvi, 267; (4), 335 pp. Cont. cf. (Binds. rubbed/dam. in places, joints split, name entries on first text-pp., margins slightly browned/foxed).

First edition of this comprehensive study of the sociology of gambling by French writer and self-confessed ex-gambler Jean Dusaulx (1728-1799). Gambling was deeply-rooted in French society, especially in Paris, where all classes (including the court) were obsessed with card games and lotteries. Dusaulx sought to analyse this craze and to point out the moral depravity which it both reflected and encouraged. He includes numerous anecdotes to illustrate the irrationality of the gambler, making De la Passion du Jeu an important account of this aspect of the social history of pre-Revolutionary France.

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