In 1791, Issac D'Israeli ( father to Benjamin Disraeli, the prime minister) published a book called "curiosities of literature". This book proved so popular ( it was a kind of Misclaney ) that he added two more volumes, and later wrote a further three volumes in a "new series"
In the first volume of series 1, D'Israeli wrote a little section on "Gaming".
In it he informs us that.....
Evidently, addiction to gambling is as strong as in 1791 as it is today.
And I wish a happy new year to all my Dear readers.