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Dice
Author: Ricky Jay

ISBN: 9780971454811
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1 November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 17.9 x 1.6
Description:
Plato said God invented dice. This we learn from one of Ricky Jay's fascinating essays in a delightful small volume that takes us from the earliest forms ('astragali,' the heel bones of hoofed quadrupeds, four of whose six sides were used for gaming) to the myriad types of 'loading' and other means of cheating with dice in the modern era.

Along the way we discover that Augustus, Caligula, and Nero were all inveterate players, that Queen Elizabeth issued a search and seizure order against the manufacture of false dice in 1598, and that dice made from celluloid, invented in 1869, remained stable for decades, and then in a flash began to decompose.

These are the dice of Rosamond Purcell's luminous and seductive photographs, images which transform entropy to an art form. Jay and Purcell give us a dual meditation on dice that will educate us and amuse us at the same time.

About the Author

Ricky Jay is perhaps best known as a sleight-of-hand performer, but is also an actor, a scholar and the author of many books.

Rosamond Purcell's beautiful photographs of the strange and unusual...

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