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Historic board games.

"Games hold a mirror to civilization; they build bonds, trust and strengthen social relationships." according to the major collector Prof. Adrian Seville of London.
The most common game-play set up, used in board games even today, comes from an Italian game known as Goose, which originated in the late 1500's. This game, popular all over Europe in the 1600's, depends on luck instead of skill. The players race around a track divided up into 63 sections, and players spin a wheel or roll dice to move a certain number of spaces—the goal is to get to the end first.
Some sections are labeled with instructions to move forward or backward, while landing on a “goose” section gives the player another roll or spin.

There are various types of games; some represent events and characters in history. Such games were devised specifically for the education of young children.
Not all early board games had a moral lesson in mind. Some offered clever ways to gamble, where players start by putting in their stake and try to win the whole pot. Many others simply seem to be a way to pass the time and enjoy the often colorful and detailed illustrations.

Some are shown at the catalog of the Library of Congress.
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1. MARIETTE, P. - Jeu chronologique utille pour apprendre la suitte des siècles et ce qui est arrivé de plus remarquable en chascun. . . (Paris, ca. 1660 ) 395 x 520mm. Engraved by Abraham Peyrounin (1620-1666) and published by Pierre Mariette: "Avec Privilége du Roy. A Paris, chez Pierre Mariette, rue S. Jacques à l'Espérance et chez G. le Juge en l'isle du Palais à la sphère Royalle.". Repair of a horizontal tear in left hand part. Very good condition.
Engraved by Abraham Peyrounin (1620-1666) and published by Pierre Mariette: "Avec Privilége du Roy. A Paris, chez Pierre Mariette, rue S. Jacques à l'Espérance et chez G. le Juge en l'isle du Palais à la sphère Royalle.".

2. DE POILLY, N.JB - Carte méthodique pour apprendre aisément le blason en jouant soit avec les cartes à tous les jeux ordinaires, soit avec les dés comme au jeu de l'oie. (Paris, ca 1750) 490 x 620mm. Uncoloured. Very good condition. No margins and only a few original repairs of the paper.
Board game with 53 spiral set cards (same as the game of the goose). The rules are on the top left and right corners, in 17 lines. The game is dedicated to Monseigneur le duc de Bourgogne.

3. ANDREA, J.P. - Neu erfundenes europaish geographishes gaense spiel. ( Nuremberg 1722 ) 395 x 505mm.

4. CREPY - Nouveau jeu d'histoire universelle. (Paris, ca 1780) 505 x 705mm. In original colours.

5. CREPY - L'histoire Romaine depuis Constantin jusqu'à Charles-Magne. . . (Paris, ca. 1780) 500 x 713mm.
With some contemporary restored marginal tears. Tear of 10cm in upper right margin, with some paper loss. With privilege of the King.

6. CREPY - Nouveau jeu historique et chronologique des rois de France. (Paris, ca. 1780) 435 x 555mm.

7. THIELE, J.R. - Et nmt fornoieligt og tillige menneffeligt ubefpil. (Risbenhavn, 1787) 375 x 305mm. In original colours.

8. CHEREAU - Le jeu de Paris en miniature. Dans lequel sont représentés les enseignes, décors, magasins, boutiques, et divers établissements des principaux marchands de Paris, leurs rues et numéros. Paris, 1803. 460 x 620mm. Uncoloured. Very good condition. (Four little pin holes in each corner.)
Game board with 90 numbered pictorial compartments, each depicting a shop sign in Paris, with a literal interpretation of its name, a description of what it sells and its address; the winning square is 'Au Retour d'Astrée'; in the centre the rules.
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The title at top of the central panel, followed by "Dans lequel sont représentés les Enseignes, Decors, Magasins, Boutiques et divers Etablissements des principaux Marchands de Paris, leurs Rues et numeros", followed by the rules in 15 lines. To left, "Propriétaire et Editeur Mde Vve Chereau Rue St Jacques No. 10" and to right "Deposé à la Direction Génerale de l'imprimerie et de la Librairs. [sic]"

9. BASSET, P.A. - Regles invariables du jeu mythologique du Phenix. . . (Paris, ca. 1810) 432 x 547mm. Uncoloured. With some slight age toning, dark impression. Very good condition. Printed on heavy paper.
Mythological Game of the Phoenix . Printed board game called 'Mythological Game of the Phoenix'. Game consisting of 63 squares arranged in a spiral with the rules in the center. Each square shows a different scene from Classical Mythology. At square 63 there is a phoenix. In the corners, there are four mythological scenes. The images are etched and hand-coloured, the text is engraved.
Published by Paul André Basset (French, active 1785-1815). In lower right margin : "A Paris chez Basset, M.d d'Estampes, rue St.Jacques N°10" and "Deposé à la Bibliotheque Impériale".
Reference: Henry-René D’: "Le noble jeu de l’oie en France, de 1640 à 1950", Ed. Grund, Parigi 1950. 2) PLOCK, Phillippa - SEVILLE, Adrian: "The Rothschild Collection of printed board games at Waddesdon Manor", in XIIIth Board Game Studies Colloquium, Paris, 14-17 April 2010.

10. ANONYMOUS - Jeu des omnibus et dames blanches. Paris 450 x 440mm. In attractive original colours. Very good overall condition. Short left and right margins.
The name of 'Dames Blanches', or white ladies, was bestowed on the two-compartment public omnibus that plied the Madeleine-Bastille run in Paris. In 1937 the brand Hermès made a scarf out of that design of figures of this early board game. The 35-inch square silk twill Hermès scarf, or carré, was born. Designed by Robert Dumas for the newly emancipated woman, who as feminine propriety still dictated, needed to keep her hair in order, the Jeu des Omnibus et Dames Blanches scarf was extremely popular.

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