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The new game of human life.

London : Published according to Act of Parliament July 14, 1790, by John Wallis, no. 16, Ludgate Street, and E. Newbery, the corner of St. Paul's Church Yard, 1790.
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1 sheet : illustrations ; 47 x 67 cm
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A moral game modelled after Le nouveau jeu de la vie humaine published in Paris by Crépy in 1775.
Includes 84 illustrated panels, with legends, arranged in a spiral formation.
"Rules of the game" are engraved between the title and the imprint.
The corner areas discuss "The utility and moral tendency of this game" and "Directions for playing."
The game divides human life into seven periods of twelve years each from infancy to dotage.
Title from game.
Osborne catalogue, II:850-1
Shefrin, Jill. Ingenious contrivances, 35
Goodfellow, Caroline. A collector's guide to games and puzzles, 63
Cottage of content, or, Toys, games, and amusements of nineteenth century England, 36
Selected exhibitions: “The Cottage of Content : or, Toys, Games, and Amusements of Nineteenth Century England" (Yale Center for British Art, November 2 - December 31, 1977).
BAC : Sheet in 12 sections, newly remounted on linen.
Subject Terms:
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature.
Board games.
Engravings -- 1790.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Wallis, John, 1734-1793, publisher.
Newbery, E. (Elizabeth), 1746-1821, publisher.