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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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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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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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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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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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