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Publisher: OGILVY, D.
Title: l'Orient or the Indian travellers. A geographical and historical game. . .
Published: London, c. 1847

Size: 22.0 x 29.1 inches.
56.0 x 74.0 cm.
Colouring: In attractive strong original colours.
Condition:  Original hand coloured lithographed map board game, overall size 560 x 740 mm, booklet size 260 x 200cm., dissected in 9 parts, laid on linen, bound into red cloth binding with golden lettering and embossed decorative borders.
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The game map shows the outward route from England to Calcutta via the Cape and back via Bombay and Aden. With a wide border of 36 historical scenes on 3 sides, and upper border with title and 6 medallion portraits, each showing a portrait of sovereign from George l to Victoria with the dates of their reigns and 3 large vignette views of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.

A lithograph after James Richard Barfoot (1794-1863).

Included are the instruction booklet, 6 cards with Royalty names and 3 cards with different travelling routes.The publisher's details at the bottom.

The central part of the game is a map of Europe, Africa and Asia with three sailing routes from England to India, one route is numbered and major cities are shown. Around three sides of the game are 36 squares in two layers. Each square is dated and illustrated and linked by a tree root design in sets of 3 pairs.
The starting date is 1714 and the finishing one 184? With the last number obliterated - it may be 1845 or 1846.
The game is probably played with a teetotum and markers. The players move from one square to another, must read out the details found in the booklet and match the event illustrated and sovereign.

David Ogilvy was at 27 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square until about 1845 then until 1847 at 12 Rathbone Place. After this date the lithographers L'Enfant Brothers were at the address.
The last date is partly obliterated and is either 1845 or 1846, the game will have been published by 1847.¤

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Reference: OCLC gives examples at Princeton and Yale. Adrian Seville and Luig Ciompi, “Giochi dell’Oca d di percorso,” #1338. Victoria & Albert Museum, #B.11-1997..

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