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West and Lee Game Co
GAMES] [LITERATURE] Portrait Authors [Victorian era card game based on major authors and their works]
West and Lee Game Co, Worcester, MA, 1874. Complete set of 64 playing cards, measuring about 2 5/8" x 3 3/4", plus a folded instruction sheet, housed in the original green cloth-covered paper box with applied label. Cards in fine condition, essentially as new, instruction sheet with shallow creasing at the corners, and the box with some contemporary string-sewn repairs, a few mild rips to the cloth, but structurally sound. Generally, a near fine piece. A fantastic pastime from the Victorian era, these cards bear, respectively, portraits of notable authors and sketches of their lives and works. The purpose of the game is for the competing players to essentially "go fish" for pairs, and the player with the most pairs at the end of the round is victorious. Though the rules and objective are on the simple side, the contents of the cards are wonderful, offering detailed biographies of the notable (uniformly male) authors of the period, and some from slightly earlier. Familiar figures such as Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, Henry W. Longfellow, and Mark Twain are included, while names such as John G. Palfrey, William T. Adams, and James Gordon Bennett are given the same adulation, only to have been forgotten in popular memory in the many decades since the release of this game. As such, an excellent document of literary culture in 1870s America. OCLC records perhaps four holdings, at AAS (apparently lacking one card), UVA, Boston Athenaeum, USF. Undoubtedly rare in commerce; the lone auction record we located was from 2003, and that description makes no mention of the box. [At … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company, IOBA [Lakewood, OH, U.S.A.]
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