During my retirement by Lake Pasquaney I had, according to
my custom when in solitude and in need of relaxation, passed the
time by dealing myself hands in such games as skat, piquet and
bridge. I was led to invent a new game, a variation of auction
bridge, which we subsequently called "pirate bridge". This
appeared to me such an improvement on the ordinary game that I
thought I would introduce it to the public. I convinced the
editor of Vanity Fair of its merits and suggested that R.
F. Foster should be called in to put the rules into definite
— The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.
New York, NY. Hill and Wang, 1969. Page 825.