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Playing Card and Games from 17th Century, Gaming Counters and Counter Boxes

EARLY BOARD GAMES MOUNTED ON LINEN
HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, FAUNA, FLORAL,
ROYALTY AMONGST THE SUBJECTS COVERED

1822 - The Majestic Game of the Asiatic Ostrich,
uniting the Double object of imparting
Knowledge with Diversion to the mind of Youth

We believe published to mark George IV’s coronation – making it the first game to mark a coronation
William Darton – Map Seller – 58 Holburn Hill London

The game offers a lesson in Ranks and Dignities of the British Peerage, Clergy and Military; it was published in 1822.
The rules book (not present) includes a dedication to the future Queen Victoria
This game is beautiful hand-coloured engraved, mounted in nine sections on linen, showing an Ostrich, with twenty egg-shaped portraits of dignitaries, clergy and men of military importance
The game was printed by William Darton – Map Seller – 58 Holburn Hill London, and he made the dedication to the future Queen Victoria.
There are only two copies listed in museums.
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The Majestic Game of the Asiatic Ostrich, – Condition: Slipcase – a little dark but undamaged / manufacture’s label on the back / Photocopy of rules / Playing Sheet is very beautiful and in very good condition – no tears or paper damage – but there is some light foxing
On the back there is another advert for “Darton’s Map Print and Chart Warehouse….Books of Roads and Fairs And Works highly necessary for the Traveller and the Man of Business”

REF: GLB111z
 

£3,500.00

Wallis's New Geographical Game Exhibiting a Voyage Round the World 1796

Royal-Geographical Amusement, or the safe and expeditious Traveller through all the Parts of Europe by Sea and by Land: an instructive game. Calculated for the Improvement of the Young Learners of Geography, By Dr. Journey
Although dated 1787 in the imprint, the letterpress text has been revised, referring to the fall of the Bastille in 1789, while 80 reads, “Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Stay here two turns to view the tomb of Gustavus IIId. King of Sweden, who was shot at a masquerade on the 29th of March 1792, by one of his own discontented officers; for which villanous [sic] act he had his head and right hand cut off.”
It was originally published by Robert Sayer in 1774.
Laurie and Whittle succeeded Sayer in 1794 and were in turn succeeded by R H Laurie in 1813. It would appear that the game is an impression from the original plate with the lettering altered.

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Condition – Voyage Round the World / Slipcase – good engraved picture – scuffed and rubbed at the edges / Playing sheet – this is very good – clean and bright – well colored. / Rules – at base of playing sheet. These appear (in all versions we have seen) to be a separate piece on paper added to the game. This was presumably to keep it updated without reprinting the map. There is a slight difference in the punctuation, as well as the change to the letters ie no long S to the version printed by J Crowder and E Hemsted in 1802.

REF: GLB617
 

£1,500.00

1803 - Historical Pastime, or a New Game of the History of England,
from the Conquest to the Accession of George the Third - John Harris

Hand-coloured engraving, comprising 157 circles, terminating in an oval portrait of King George III
45pp. booklet of Rules and Directions (several leaves repaired), with printed label, in original. marbled card slipcase.

Condition is lightly foxed with odd smudges.

REF: GLB4509      
 

£450.00

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Post 1837 - Victoria Game of British Sovereigns
Peter Parley (Samuel G. Goodrich)

Game Involving knowing details of events in monarch’s lives
Spine slightly worn, ties missing
Playing Sheet is in very good condition – just a little very light foxing – Photocopy of rules

REF: GLB 3916       
 

£400.00

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c1840 Historical Pastime, or a New Game of the History of England - E. Wallis

Hand-coloured engraving, comprising 134 circles, terminating in a circular portrait of a youthful Queen Victoria.
24 page booklet of Rules and Directions (creased and frayed)

Some slight damage and with old sewn repair to spine – original slipcase, gilt lettered.

Condition is good – slight foxing and a couple of small odd smudges otherwise clean and bright

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REF: GLB 4060
 

£700.00

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C1852 - The Travellers of Europe; with Improvements and Additions
W Spooner

Each country depicting views in perspective (e.g. views of Florence, sketches of a Russian and a sledge, perils of the whale fishery),
Identical to the earlier version in appearance but in 9 sections instead of 12 Condition
Rule Booklet – Photocopy – the book is separated at the hinge
The Playing Sheet is very good brightly colored, no damage – just a little very light foxing –

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REF: GLB3919     
 

£700.00

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1840 New Game of Universal History & Chronology
(The World and its History – from cover) - E Wallis

The game consists of 143 circles from Adam and Eve to A Railway Train – Book Style

Condition – Spine slightly weak – Playing Sheet is very good

Similar to the game described by Whitehouse as “The Railway Game” (from cover)

This game also starts with Adam and Eve and ends with a railway train.

Photocopy of reproduction booklet which give an insight into the people and attitudes of the period.

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REF: GLB3926   
 

£650.00

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1840s John Betts - Betts Tour through England & Wales

Out and return from London through 91 stops

Condition – Covers are excellent bright no damage
Playing Surface is also excellent – no foxing – bright and coloured

No Rules

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REF: GLB3927      
 

£400.00

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C1807 Game of the Jew – By ?E Wallis and John Harris

Not the same as the one pictured in Whitehouse
as in that version the numbers 3 and 9 reversed and 12 replaced by the rules

Also small differences to picture – possibly an later version as rules tended to be published separately after about 1808

Or possibly an earlier prototype before rules clearly developed.

Game listed in J Harris catalogue believed to be 1808

Condition – Playing Sheet – overall good condition – Slight foxing on the numbers
Couple of corners have a sight paper lifting from backing – approx 1 cms
Colors very bright and vibrant

No slip case

Photocopy of the later known rules.

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REF: GLB3930
 

£700.00

C1791 The Royal Genealogical Pastime of the Sovereign of England

From the Dissolution of the Saxon Heptarchy to the Reign of His Present Majesty George the Third
Published by E Newbery at the corner of St Paul’s Church Yard and John Wallis No 16 Ludgate Street London
Printer Bryer Bridewell Hospital, Bridge Street

An unusual Historical Game that defines rulers in the past as good and bad
ie 11 Edwy.- very interesting view of life

Also start earlier than usual
838 AD as opposed to the usual 1066

Condition – Slipcase missing – Rules on Sheet – Playing Sheet is in good condition – undamaged but with a stain on part of the rules and a little light foxing, engrave and hand colored – very interesting early educational game.

REF: GLB932    
 

£600.00

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C1829 Amusement in the History of England E Wallis

A Game exhibiting the remarkable events from the time of the Britons

Published at 42 Skinner Street Snow Hill
Booklet printed by T Davies, Printer 117, Minories

Not a circular trail but 55 hand events of interest including a hanging, the murder of Thomas a Becket and Ann Boleyn being beheaded – Ending in 1829

“the winner “to proceed to the publisher’s to purchase another game”

Interesting pictures at corners as well

Condition – Slipcase – very good but case is a later replacement with original label

Playing Sheet v good hand colored – odd small marks – no damage

Explanation booklet strong well bound – some handwriting on outside – including the name “Susan Passmore“ !!

REF: GLB3933     
 

£650.00

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