Historical Recreation; Or, British History in Miniature.
Historical Recreation; Or, British History in Miniature.
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Historical Recreation; Or, British History in Miniature.

London: H. Teape, (c. 1810). A set of 100 cards, fifty with questions and fifty with matching answers, designed to be played by a group of people. The questions concern various significant individuals and events in the history of Britain, including questions of the dispositions and moralities of certain rulers. The set is accompanied by a sheet explaining the rules of the game and with an answer key. The game was published "for the benefit of the London Female Penitentiary, Pentonville," an early nineteenth-century institution whose inmates, identified as "fallen women," were rehabilitated and trained for service. The building had been founded as a nunnery school, but an 1811 engraving shows the additions of perimeter walls, interior fencing, and covered walkways that suggest its new function as a disciplinary facility. The present game was thus sold as a means of raising funds for the penitentiary, to add to the sum already earned by the inmates' needlework and washing. All cards crisp, rules and answer key creased where folded, and with quarter-inch central tear, else fine. Housed in box covered in textured brown paper with gilt paper edges, some parts missing. Paper label to upper lid and all ribbons present, with only one detached. A fine specimen of a publication unrecorded in OCLC. Item #28071

Price: $1,850.00

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