Wallis's Tour through England and Wales. A New Geographical Pastime. Cartographic Game.

Wallis's Tour through England and Wales. A New Geographical Pastime

London, John Wallis, 24 December 1794.

Overall dimensions 520 × 663 mm (dissected into 16 panels and mounted on linen), comprising a hand-coloured map (engraved by McIntyre, printed surface 380 × 530 mm), with extensive letterpress text on either side.

Paper slightly tanned, with a few small marks (including some inkspots), creases, tiny chips and scattered light foxing; top right-hand corner trimmed close, with the text lightly shaved; cloth a little foxed and discoloured on the verso; overall in very good condition.

An attractive Georgian board game, with the winner being the first player to reach London. The letterpress gives rules for playing the game and details of the history and manufactures of the 117 towns mentioned. It is not necessarily accurate; for instance, Henry VI, not Henry IV, was captured at Northampton by the Yorkists. We have traced several reissues of the game, using the same plate but with some variation to the letterpess, and this error appears in several of them. A spinner ('Totum') and counters were available for separate purchase, and are not present in this instance.

Item #114610

Price: $1,100.00