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The English learn about their European neighbours

Title
European Travellers an Instructive Game.
Author
WALLIS, Edward
Publisher
Pub[lishe]d By E. Wallis, 42, Skinner Street,
Publication place
London,
Publication date
[c1845].
Dimensions
500 by 660mm (19.75 by 26 inches).
Price
£4,000
Reference
1223

Description

Hand-coloured engraving with aquatint, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original green cloth covers, blind tooled with title gilt, with original ties.

Notes

This scarce and beautiful instructional game was to be played as a lotto, each player moving around the finely detailed map which is crowded with vignettes of European life and wildlife.

The game aimed to teach an English audience about their European neighbours. The game abounds with details of Europe's cultures, industries, topography, and natural history, from paddle steamers plying their trade in the Mediterranean and Atlantic; whales and polar bears in the Arctic sea, to bull fighting in Spain, Russians travelling by horse-drawn troikas, and Germans producing porcelain.

Bibliography

BL Maps 60.b.29.