Hoyle, Edmond (1672-1769), the first of the series of writers upon whist, and other games. He is said to have been a barrister, and to have given lessons in whist. His Short Treatise was printed in 1742, and was followed by handbooks on backgammon, picquet, quadrille, and brag. Many editions of the Short 'Treatise have been issued, and it has been translated into French, German, and Italian. He also wrote upon the doctrine of Chances.