The Bridge Battle of the Century. Halsey RAINES, John HELD JR. and VINCENTINI.
The Bridge Battle of the Century

The Bridge Battle of the Century. New York: Sollinge Publishing Co, (1932).

First Edition. Vincentini dustjacket art and illustrations. Rare short novel of card playing, a burlesque of the game of contract bridge, with "ludicrous examples of psychic bids and catastrophic penalties". "Bruno Kniblick, twenty-seven year old globe-trotter and contract bridge tactician, challenges Professor Crispus Liliofarth to a marathon bridge duel to determine once and for all whether a two club bid at contract should indicate prevailing heart of spade strength". John Held Jr. writes in his preface: "The Bridge Battle of the Century is the most amusing book about a serious subject that I've ever read. I hope the readers will find as much originality and enjoyable buffoonery in it as I did. I recommend it equally to contract players, reformed contractors and bridge celibates." This copy inscribed and signed in pencil at front free endpaper by the illustrator, Vincentini, who was responsible for a number of fantastic dustjackets from the period. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket chipped along top edge.

Price: $175.00