About a year ago I posted the following entry below along with some photos from my very proudly owned copy of Viola Cecil’s book, MAAJH – The American Version of an Ancient Chinese Game. Last week I received a request from Viola’s grandson, Bill Cecil, asking if I could find a copy of her book for him. Does anyone have a copy that they would like to sell to Bill – or that they would like to give as a very memorable and meaningful gift to him? Please let me know – it would mean so much to Bill to have her book.
I asked Bill if he had known his grandmother and he wrote back the following:
Bill also was kind enough to send a photo to me of Viola Cecil which I have posted below this August 2014 blog entry. Enjoy! And please let me know if there is a copy of MAAHJ – The American Version of an Ancient Chinese Game for Bill and his family.
And now, here is the posting from August 28, 2014:
No, I didn’t spell our beloved game the wrong way – this is how Viola L. Cecil spelled it in 1938 when she wrote her book, MAAJH – The American Version of an Ancient Chinese Game (the book was written in 1938 and had its first revision in 1939). In the foreword to her book, Viola signs her name with the title, “President National Mah Jongg League.” Since the National Mah Jongg League was founded in 1937, it would seem that Viola was one of the founding members and probably the very first president. Here’s the front and back cover. The book is bound with a red spiral – very cute.
I love the way the book exhibits the Table of Contents:At the bottom of the Foreword we can see her very official title:
These next two pages describe the tiles and “equipment” of the game:
And it is in these next two pages where Viola explains the terms of Mah Jongg. I wasn’t familiar with the term “dogging” but I suspect that we all have used this defensive method of playing more than once!
Did the grandson ever receive a copy of the book? I noticed that this eBay auction comes with the book…
I’d dearly love to have those tiles (but think the auction will be above my priceline). But, perhaps before the auction is over he could get in touch with the seller to see if he could buy the book?
Susan – thank you so much for this information. I will let Bill know.