THE YOUNG TRAVELLERS TOUR THROUGH EUROPE - RARE 1856 FOLDING, EDUCATIONAL MAP GAME
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THE YOUNG TRAVELLERS TOUR THROUGH THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF EUROPE. by Barfoot and printed by Jarrold & Sons of St. Paul's Churchyard, London
This is a rare example of the popular educational and historical games for children, published from the late 18th century onwards by people like Darton and Betts. They are often referred to as linen-backed games. The printed and coloured graphics more often being pasted onto linen making for easier folding and durability.
This particular game is protected by large, hard outer printed boards with a hinged cloth spine, measuring when closed 12 x 13.5 long. When open the lithographed and hand-painted paper (no cloth backing) is pasted to the inside of the boards and the full map is revealed when the two bottom folds are unfolded to a full length of 19". Luckily the original rule book is still present.
Luckily, the original instruction booklet is still present. It tells us that the Object of the game is to be the first to reach the final city in Europe - number 121 on the map and by each number it gives historical, geographical or social history of each numbered city.
The teetotum (spinning dice) specified in the rules is more unusual than most. It specifies that it has numbers, a cross and a blank. This information is combined with a favourable or unfavourable move, forward, backwards, or staying put. When a player spins a cross, they must spin again, but go back as many as they then spin. If a blank is spun, then a turn is lost etc.
The vibrancy of the original hand painted colouring of the lithographed sheet is as fresh as the day it was done in 1856. The only slight staining being to the bottom right-hand edge of the front cover. So the piece is in excellent condition for its age
A fabulous piece of history, with beautiful artwork - and fun to play. What more could one ask?
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