introduction and mission statement
about the author
SHARPS AND FLATS
A CLASSICS of GAMBLING LITERATURE
In 1894, British gambling researcher and fraud investigator John
Nevil Maskelyne published a book entitled Sharps and Flats: A Complete
Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill.
Due to the fact that this was the first detailed study on cheating
and crooked gambling, and possibly due to its controversial nature,
it became an instant classic.
Since this book was long obtainable only as an expensive collector's
item, the GBC,
in Las Vegas, Nevada, published a reprint of the second edition.
With the growing popularity of the internet the entire text is
now made available as an online resource, in the HTML format.
In the interest of preserving great classics, we have decided to
publish the first online edition of this work. The entire text is
made available through the content link
on this site, in the HTML format.
For most part the text remains unedited, to retain the flavor of
the old English language. However, we took the liberty to update
some of the spellings of certain words, that may appear as typos,
to our readers. There are also quite a few typos in the original
text; we saw no benefit in replicating these typos, as they were
simply mistakes, so we fixed those, too. We also added annotation
where we though was necessary. These annotations appear in blue
italics throughout the text. And finally, we also took the
liberty to ad some subheadings, as we were dividing the text for
individual HTML pages (this was necessary for better navigation).
All the materials (text and images) were taken from a well-worn early first edition of the book, that we own. Apparently, there's "forensic
evidence" that our copy of the book had once been used as as glass coaster, amongst other things.