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The Carrier Pigeon; Geographical Game
Paris: H. Jannin, (c.1860s). Paris: H. Jannin, (c.1860s). Hand-colored lithographed game, printed in French, Spanish, and English, with lithographs by H. Jannin after illustrations by B. Coudert. Housed in a quarto-sized box with a hinged lid, which bears a scene of players from around the world enjoying the game. When the top swings open, it reveals a large dial, surrounded by hand-colored scenes of Europeans in traditional garb, while the game instructions appear inside the lid. The dial consists of three rings of answers (one for each of the three languages represented), surrounding a window of glass with a hand-colored lithographic panel at its center showing twelve costumes from around Europe. When a circular question card is placed on this central panel, the carrier pigeon, which operates on a magnet, rotates beneath the glass and directs the player to the correct answer. This particular copy of the game is tailored toward French-speaking players, as the two question cards are in French and the pigeon points to the answers in the ring of French answers. It appears that cards were also available for English- and Spanish-speakers and had most, though not all, of the same questions as the French version. Pigeon has been skillfully reattached, else a fine example of a rarely seen magnetic game.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
Last Found On: 2014-05-02           Check availability:      Biblio    


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