Rare geographical game of Scotland

By WALLIS, J[ohn], 1792 

New Geographical Game exhibiting a complete tour through Scotland and the Western Isles

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: WALLIS, J[ohn]
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Published by J. Wallis No.16 Ludgate Street, & E. Newbery corner of St Pauls Church Yard
  • Publication date: Jan[uar]y, 1792.
  • Physical description: Engraved map, original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, game rules pasted to left and right margins.
  • Dimensions: 650 by 530mm (25.5 by 20.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2138

Notes

This scarce and beautiful instructional game was to be played as a lotto, each player moving around the finely detailed map.

The game begins at (No.1) Berwick where is an ancient castle now in ruins. It is the principal entrance from England and Scotland”; and ends at (No.100) Edinburgh, the capital city of all Scotland, where the traveller, having now finished his journey, may congratulate himself on having won the game, and may now view every thing curious without paying for it”. On the way the travellers could stop off at Aberdeen which has a celebrated university”, or Glasgow a large and populace city, situated on the north banks of the Clyde”.

John Wallis (d.1818) together with his son John Wallis Jr. and Edward Wallis was one of the most prolific publishers of board games of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Rare, we are only able to trace one institutional copy that in Newbery Library.