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HARRIS, John, 1756-1846 - publisher :
HISTORICAL PASTIME : OR A NEW GAME OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
London : for J. Harris, 1803 [but later]. A popular and colourful early nineteenth-century board game, first produced in 1803 - the slip-case so dated here, but with the 1813 rule-book. "No. 1. Battle of Hastings - Pay one to the King ... No. 3. British Baron - Pay one the Norman" - the players pursue their English history through 158 numbered spaces from 1066 to the American War of Independence. "This will naturally excite a curiosity in the youthful mind; and that curiosity will be gratified in the short account of each reign sub-joined. - On the whole, the writer flatters himself, that the public approbation will convince him, that the hours he has devoted to the formation of this little Scheme, have not been spent in vain". Complete with the 48pp "Rules and Directions for Playing the Historical Pastime ... with a Short Account of the Principal Events", and the original slip-case. Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 55 x 51cm (approx. 21-3/4" x 20-1/4"). Original hand colour. Dissected, mounted on linen and folding into the slip-case, with engraved label; the game a little used and thumbed, with slight fraying to lower edge; the slip-case rubbed and worn; the rule-book much used, creased and frayed, with loss of surface to paper wrappers; a few leaves torn and repaired; one leaf defective, with the loss of a few lines of text. Evidently a game much played and much enjoyed, the rule-book with inked and pencilled variations to the rules - being unable to "repeat any circumstance" from the works of Isaac Newton at 145 no longer brings a fine, but the outbreak o … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ash Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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