ANTIQUE CARD & TABLE GAMES

c1770 - Pantheon or Heathen Mythology on cards

1760-1780 Pantheon or Heathen Mythology. 
This consists of 50 cards + title card (3 cards are hand colored) with details of lives of characters from mythology

Interestingly there are two cards for two characters (Ceries and Iphis) both different, referring to different incidents.  There are two additional cards in the version held in the Cary Collection – Is this an earlier version ?? 50 cards seems to us a sensible number (Cary implies 48 cards). 

The card on the outer box seems to be a general spare card, (in the Guildhall version it has the vendors’ details on it)

Pantheon – Condition – 50 cards that are engraved and in excellent condition – little sign of use – unsure of complete number – or how these pack were made up / very good condition, clean and little use / no rules / Box – The original card box is split down one edge (cards are a tight fit despite being unused)

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MIS576

£ 1450

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1775 - Descriptive Geography of the World Card Game

This very early game, which mentions Captain Cook, describes the geography of the world, which is “divided into four parts Europe, Asia, Africa and America”.

Seas and rivers are listed separately and country description generally includes religion, counties and produce. In America no religion is listed.

Card 56 (the last) is titled Artic and Antarctic Regions – and in describes Antarctic “as.. was formally supposed to contain very extensive countries; but on being explored by Captain Cook, they proved to consist of a body of water, perpetually overspread with masses of ice.
A later version reveals on card 56 that Captain Cook had been to New Zealand. 

Strangely the card that describes France mentions Napoleon, which seems as if this card (and/or others that my history is not good enoughto be sure) were replaced at a later date to keep the information “fresh”.

Style of the “S”  would imply they were print earlier than 1895
Photocopy of the earlier French card is available.
No maker is identified but the cards are similar to two games published by John Wallis,  one printed by J Swan, the other by James Harrison.

Descriptive Geography of the World – Condition / Cards are complete 56 cards – and an “Explanation of Terms ” card which is not numbered / The cards are in very good condition – no damage. / They are in an plain contemporary box

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging

REF: MIS716

£ 325

c1780/90 - Geography of England and Wales - probably John Wallis

There is a game  advertised as The Geography of England and Wales was produced in 1799. 

These cards contain the much of the some of the same information ie Boundaries, Extent, Principle Towns and Rivers, but in a less clear format.
This edition also records the number of parishes and the number of MP sent to parliament.
There are some material differences in the size of the county – ie the size of Northumberland described as 60 by 40 (rather than 70 by 50 in John Wallis’s 1799 version)
There are copies of the 1799 version in V&A, Bodleian and Yale Libraries. These cards are earlier (having a long S) and we can find no reference to this version.

 

The Geography of England & Wales – Condition / Cards are very good (virtually unused), (49/52) – three counties are missing. No rules or wrapper but a photocopy of the rules for a later version is included,
Postage / As postage often changes.

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REF: GEO101

£185

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c1790 (or earlier) A Group of 22 Cards - Twelfth Night Cards

c1790 – 22 cards depicting characters, who position can be seen from their name, such as Peter, Never Fight, Billy Flutter, Gaffer Nobody, Molly Rule the Rost (sic), Faithful Nancy.

In the style of “Twelfth Night Cards”.  The cards are similar in style to those in an Italian book published in 1616 held in Newbery Library. This was possibly a guessing game in which one player chooses an image and the other has to identify it.

It was common for people to use such character cards at Twelfth Night parties in the 18-19c, these are interesting, though, because they look cut up and used!

 

Cards – Condition / Cards are excellent very light use – 22 cards – three without a title representing royalty (printed in reddish brown on paper – very flimsy) / No rules / No wrapper

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REF: MIS225

£ 450

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c1790 - Set of cards describing wild animals

They are in a similar style to John Wallis Exhibition of Beasts.

This set of cards have an engraved picture at the top and are stencil colored.
Animals are 1-4 predators / 5-16 their prey.
The numbers are hand-written on the cards
The predators are interesting – The Lion is the Animal of Africa – “insensible of fear”
/ The Leopard is resident in India, Africa, China and Arbia
/ The Panthar is African from remote Barbary to Guinea
/ The Ounce – from the East
The prey are defined by speed – Oran-outgan is described as attcking elephants with clubs – “the only animal that uses weapons”

Condition / Cards are good – no tears – a little grubby (the first 4 grubbier than the rest) No rules / notes or box.

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REF: MIS630

£425

1793 - Musical Domino - John Wallis

1793 Musical Domino Being a new method of Teaching Young Persons the first Rudiments of MUSIC – John Wallis

This is a very rare early game. The box is dated Sept 18th 1793, and the rules (p/c) dated 29th August 1793.

It is a domino game played with 35 dominos. There are details of which way up your “dice” are placed.
Examples are given showing what is a match
eg so if it is a semi-breve the next player can put down 8 Quavers, 4 crochets or 2 Minims

Musical Dominoes – Condition – 35 paper on wood dominoes (complete) in very good condition / Rules – photocopy / Box – wooden box with sliding lid and plain label on the lid – no damage to this item – slight fading due to age

Insured Postage Free

REF: JW1000

£ 2250

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1797 - Cabinet of Knowledge - John Wallis

1797 -” A New Game Cabinet of Knowledge
And its secrets Being
Set of question and answer cards
Explanatory of
Morality, Arts, Sciences && for the improvement of youth”
From the label – copy availabe

30 Questions and 30 Answers cards.
There is a copy in Edinburgh Museum, with pictures, which confirms the title and manufacturer.

This game is similar to Geographical Conversations (1799 – John Wallis) and would have had an “Answer Sheet” which would link the question number to the letter at the base of the answer card. The questions are varied and quite difficult, especially when considering what the correct answer would have been over 200 years ago.

(We cannot track an Answer Sheet in the Museums that have the cards.)

Condition / Cabinet of Knowledge – Complete / Cards 30 Question Cards (numbered 1 to 30) and Answer Cards with a letter on the base. The cards are lightly used

 

Postage / As postage often changes it will be provided at time of purchase. Postage will be at cost rounded up to the nearest £1.00 to cover packaging.

REF: MIS638

£ 225

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1799 - Geography of England and Wales - John Wallis

The cards were published by J. Wallis, 16 Ludgate Street – Sept 26th 1799.

The cards contain the information about each county ie Boundaries, Extent, Principle Towns and Rivers and list the details under fixed sub-headings.

There are copies of a 1799 version in V&A, Bodleian and Yale libraries. The printer is James Harrison, Printer, Warwick Court, Lane (V&A and Yale – Bodleian unknown). This version is printed by J Swan, 76 Fleet Street.

There are very small differences between the two printing ie the design of the border, and some numbers are printed digitally while others are verbalised (ie 10 or ten), but the information is exactly the same.

These cards are in their original box with the original rule sheet.

The Geography of England & Wales – Condition / Cards are good, some use but no damage / Rules have been backed onto a paper reinforcement – there is some text missing on the LHS (a photocopy of the rules by James Harrison is included for completeness) / Box is scuffed and rubbed but complete

REF: GEO102

£ 325

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1800 - The Elememts of Astronomy & Geography (Explained on forty cards), hand drawn

These cards are a hand drawn copy of the engraved and colored by the Abbe Paris, that were published by John Wallis c1795.
Each card features an illustration and, on the back, hand written explanatory text, which is the same as that on the printed John Wallis cards

For example, several cards depict geometric shapes with a description of various kinds of measurements (circumference, angles, diameter, etc.).
Another subset of cards describe groups (Peroescii, Antoeci, Antipodes, Ascii, Amphiscii, Hetreroscii, Preiscii) that inhabit different parts of the earth.
Illustrations are of men standing on a circle representing the earth. The relative positions of the sun and the moon are shown on other cards.

The Elemements of Astronomy / Condition / Cards 40/40 – in very good condition, in 4 colores, hand written details on the back / Rules – photocopy / Box – of the period but no label.

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REF: MIS714

£  1550

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