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“Das Kriegs Spiel:” an early military card game

Published around 1700, this Kriegs Spiel, or “The War Game,” is a scarce and attractive sheet of playing cards designed to educate young people in the elements of conducting a military campaign. The sheet comprises 53 engraved panels numbered sequentially. All but one is a playing card using the French suits, each bearing an illustration of a military maneuver or fortification […]

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Soren Eliasen Holm's SAMLING af 50 smaae Landkort i Traesnit

Rare Danish world atlas

The “Samling af 50 smaae Landkort,” a charming 1829 Danish-language school atlas compiled and published by a troubled educator. The atlas includes a double-sheet map of the world and 49 single-sheet maps of the continents; European countries, Russia and Turkey; and Danish regions, all in early outline color (The title calls for 50 maps, counting […]

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Odo Staab, [Didactic manuscript map of Europe.] [Germany], 1813.

A remarkable work of educational folk art

A unique and utterly charming early 19th-century manuscript visual compendium, combining cartography and natural history and most likely executed for classroom or tutorial use.  The composition features a central map of Europe, likely based on one from Johannes Walch’s Allgemeiner Atlas, first issued in 1803.  The map is surrounded by a plethora of finely-detailed vignettes: portraits […]

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Dodd, RAMBLES THROUGH OUR COUNTRY. AN INSTRUCTIVE GEOGRAPHICAL GAME FOR THE YOUNG. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1881 or a bit later.

Rambles Through Our Country … a spectacular pictorial map of the United States

An early and spectacular example of American pictorial mapping, Rambles through Our Country is a simple educational game requiring players to complete a “grand tour” of the United States. The game is played on a board featuring a spectacular chromolithographic map of the United States. The map bears 200 numbered stations beginning with Hartford—where the […]

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Johann Wolfgang Muller, translator / [after Johann Wolfgang Muller and Johann Georg Klinger], JEU DE VOYAGE DES CINQ PARTIES DU MONDE [also titled:] VOYAGES aux cinq parties du monde ou JEU DE NATIONS du trois manieres. Nuremberg: George Klinger, 1807.

A rare and elaborate ethnographic-geographic card game

An elaborate, delightful and very rare boxed set containing the components for three geographic games. This clever and compact little set is the most intricate early geographical game set I have encountered. It includes dozens of playing cards, board, instructions and other materials required for no fewer than three geographic games of varying levels of […]

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E. Serre / Saussine Editeur, LOTO DES 5 PARTIES DU MONDE / RACES HUMAINES PRODUCTIONS VÉGÉTALES ET ANIMALES. Paris: Saussine, ca. 1905.

Geographic game by Leon Saussine, with vibrant chromolithography and in superb condition

A rare early 20th-century geographic-educational game by prolific publisher Leon Saussine, featuring a profusion of chromolithographic maps and other images, all in superlative condition. Simultaneously delightful yet offensive to modern sensibilities, revelatory as it is of traditional Euro-centric conceptions of racial superiority. The game consists of twelve numbered playing boards, two for each inhabited continent […]

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Mary H. L. Craig, A map of the United States drawn by Mary H. L. Craig at the Domestic Academy. [Washington County, Kentucky, ca. 1813-14.]

Patriotic schoolgirl map drawn in early 19th-century Kentucky

A most unusual patriotic manuscript map by an American schoolgirl remarkable for its Kentucky origins, interesting subject matter, pleasing design, relatively good condition, and superb provenance. “School” maps are frequently encountered on the antiquarian market; indeed, we have handled perhaps two dozen in the past decade. However, the vast majority of surviving examples were produced […]

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A 17th-century military card game

An early, attractive, and scarce sheet of playing cards designed for military education. The sheet comprises 53 engraved panels numbered sequentially. All but one panel is a playing card using the French suits, each bearing an illustration of a military maneuver or fortification element along with a brief explanatory text. Along the top of the […]

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A remarkable magnetic-geographic game

A clever and extraordinarily rare geographic question-and-answer game. My descriptive abilities really cannot do justice to the elegant simplicity of this game, but here goes… The game is played on a board featuring five concentric rings, each a different color, bearing the answers to a unique set of 12 geography answers around its circumference, and matched […]

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