The Gamester… The Story of Poor Tricket the Gamester…. TRICKET, J. MARSHALL, publisher.

The Gamester… The Story of Poor Tricket the Gamester…

London and Bath: J. Marshall, R. White, S. Hazard, 1796.

Octavo chapbook, 16 pp., with a woodcut on the title; stitched as issued.

Cautionary tales to curb the vices

A rare transportation chapbook in particularly good condition. This moral tale shows how a life of gambling and dissipation ends in transportation: 'The fear of death at first made even Botany Bay appear a deliverance, but when he was to depart thither, bitter indeed, was the affliction of his faithful wife…'

A rare transportation chapbook in particularly good condition. This moral tale shows how a life of gambling and dissipation ends in transportation: 'The fear of death at first made even Botany Bay appear a deliverance, but when he was to depart thither, bitter indeed, was the affliction of his faithful wife…'

One of the so-called "Cheap Repository" of moral tales, a series begun by Hannah More in March 1795. More contributed some fifty tales in all, but many others were written by friends and colleagues from her circle. Although some titles had overtly political overtones, most were simpler morality tales, encouraging sobriety and piety. As Susan Pedersen has pointed out, the tales were issued to combat the more lurid fare traditionally sold by hawkers. In The Gamester, 'Gambling leads to poverty, family tragedy, crime and death, and the author of "The story of Poor Tricket, The Gamester" moralizes, "Let every reader lay to heart the dreadful consequences of gambling; for, by first bringing a man to want, it will harden his heart even against his most beloved wife and children…' (Susan Pedersen, 'Hannah More Meets Simple Simon: Tracts, Chapbooks, and Popular Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century England,' The Journal of British Studies, January, 1986).

This particular tale is unusual in having the protagonist transported: most ne'er-do-wells in the Moral Repository universe end in prison or on the gallows, although they are occasionally struck down by lightning. Eighteenth-century accounts of transportation to Botany Bay printed in such an ephemeral form are particularly elusive.

not in Ferguson.

Price (AUD): $4,500.00  other currencies Ref: #3006543

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