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Jeu de Cartes Geographiques...
Lille: chez Vanackere and Paris, chez Nicolle, c. 1806. Geographical card game, consisting of 48 cards measuring 105 x 70 mm, each illustrated with a small round engraving by Pierre-François Godard, together with a folded sheet with introduction and rules for the game, and a folded world map (190 x 310 mm; entitled "Planisphere ou carte reduite du globe terrestre. A l'usage du jeu de cartes Geographique. Par J.B. Poirson, ingen. geogra. en Janv. 1806"); in original marbled paper box (slightly rubbed), with engraved title sheet pasted on front. Early children's geographical card game. Rare children's card game designed to teach the geography of the world, complete with the original suite of 48 delicately engraved cards describing the nations and regions of the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.Each card gives a short description of a country or geographical area accompanied by a small engraving of the inhabitants. The game kit includes a printed world map, and also a sheet explaining the rules of the game. According to these rules, children had to show where the area described on their card was located on the supplied map, thereby linking the printed information with an understanding of the global geography.The scope of the cards is impressive - aside from European countries, there are cards treating exotic places in far flung Asia, South America and Africa. Of special interest are the two last cards in the series. The first is titled "Isles d'Amerique", and treats the islands of the South Seas including the Solomon Islands, Hawaii and Tahiti (with brief mention of its discovery by Bougainville and some praise: 'célèbre par sa beauté, sa fertilité, et les moeurs douces de ses inhabitans'). The last card in the deck - "Terres Polaires et Australes" - treats the antipodes and includes specific mention of the penal colony at Botany Bay. The text incorrectly locates Van Diemen's Land within New Holland (although the map correctly depicts the island south of the Australian continent), reflecting vague understanding of the region in the early nineteenth century.Games such as this marvellous example are rarely seen complete and well preserved given their nature, intended audience, and many separate parts. This is a lovely set, with both the cards, map and printed sheet beautifully preserved within the original publisher's card case....
      [Bookseller: Hordern House]
Last Found On: 2015-03-19           Check availability:      Direct From Bookseller    


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