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Extremely rare pack of Sabbath School Cards

A rare pack of Sabbath School cards intended to serve as inexpensive visual aids for instruction in Scripture. The cards include one with 12 vignettes and their Biblical references; “Moses with the Tables of the Law;” “The Lord’s Prayer;” “Family Descent of Christ from Adam;” seven map and plan cards depicting the Near East, Palestine, […]

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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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CALIFORNIA THE GREAT EDUCATOR. Los Angeles: Combes & O’Banion, 1913.

Rare pack of playing cards featuring 58 maps of California counties

Only the second known example—and the only complete–of this educational card game featuring maps of California counties. The game consists of a pack of 116 playing cards, two for each of California’s 58 counties, with each county represented by a map card and a statistical card. Each map card depicts the county’s major geographic features, […]

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A milestone in American game publishing

Rare early edition, and possibly the first overall, of the first card game published in America. The Game of Dr. Busby consists of four suits (mortar & pestle, pan of milk, eye, and spade), representing respectively the Busby family, the family of Doll the dairy maid, the Ninny-Come-Twitch family, and the family of Spade the Gardener. […]

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This Jeu Geographique is an attractive, elaborate and very rare game for educating young people in elements of geography and ethnography.

Rare and elaborate ” Jeu Geographique “

This Jeu Geographique is an attractive, elaborate and very rare game for educating young people in elements of geography and ethnography. 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 […]

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1669 geographic playing cards by Pierre du Val

Uncut sheet of 17th-century geographic playing cards

A complete and uncut sheet of 17th-century geographic playing cards published in Paris by Pierre du Val likely for educational use. The game includes 52 cards arranged in the usual four suits, each dedicated to a continent: hearts to Europe, diamonds to Asia, spades to Africa, and clubs to the Americas. Each card features a […]

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18th century American geographical playing cards

Unrecorded 18th-century American geographical playing cards

A hitherto-unknown set of 18th-century American geographical playing cards possibly by Boston engraver and publisher John Norman.  Following the Revolution, many Americans advocated the development of what might be called an “indigenous” geographic literature, produced by Americans for an American audience. By educating the citizenry about the American landscape, it was believed that this new canon […]

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Early American playing cards

An early and rare deck of American playing cards, complete and in excellent condition. Playing cards are difficult to produce, requiring special paper and coatings as well as a capacity for color printing, and their manufacture came late to America and probably did not begin until after the Revolution. (Dawson, Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, […]

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