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Court game of geography.

[London] : [William and Henry Rock], [between 1838 and 1855]
Physical Description:
1 game (52 cards) : hand colored illustrations, hand colored maps ; cards 10 x 7cm + 1 booklet (32 pages)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 C6
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Title and publication information from booklet.
Closely related to Astrophilogeon, New geographical cards, and New royal playing cards, all published by Charles Hodges, 1827-28. The booklet of explanation which accompanies the deck is, with the exception of a cancelled title page, and an inserted list of advertisements, the same as that issued with the New geographical cards, while the deck itself matches the New royal playing cards.
Published between 1838 and 1855. The brothers Rock were at the address in the advertisements (11 Walbrook) after 1838; by 1855 they had been joined by a Mr. Payne.--Cf. Toronto. Public Libraries. Boys and Girls Services. The Osborne collection, vol. 1, p. 493; and Hodson's booksellers, publishers and stationers directory, 1855.
Cf. W. Keller. Cary, ENG 104-106.
Cottage of content, or, Toys, games, and amusements of nineteenth century England, 10
Fairman, Elisabeth R. Pleasures and pastimes, 56
BAC GV1199 .C6: Includes booklet, housed within the contemporary enclosure for the deck of cards.
"The four suits thus represent the four quarters of the world, and the pip cards are distributed among the different nations, according to their geographical positions, and this arrangement of the different countries has been so made that their importance may correspond with the numerical value of the card ..."--Accompanying booklet, "Explanation," leaf A1 verso.
Subject Terms:
Geographical recreations -- Specimens.
Playing cards.
William and Henry Rock (Firm), publisher.
Exhibited in: Pleasures and Pastimes (Yale Center for British Art, February 21, 1990-April 29, 1990)
Exhibited in: Cottage of Content, or, Toys, Games, and Amusements of Nineteenth Century England (Yale Center for British Art, November 2, 1977-December 31, 1977)
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