Paris: Librairie Gründ, 1950. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 165 of 700, folio size, 237 pp., illustrated, text in French. Very good +. Item #14070724
Le Noble Jeu de L'Oie...("The Noble Game of the Goose") can be traced back to at least 1480, when it was mentioned in an Advent sermon - warning churchgoers not to play Goose and other games at Christmas. The game is simple, with the players rolling the dice and moving the requisite number of spaces, with no skill on the part of the player required; however, using double dice, the game could reach a fast and furious pitch. While many Americans are not aware of Goose, it has had a profound effect on the development of many board games still played by children today, as the circular game board and rules are similar to "Chutes and Ladders."
This book, published in 1950, is an authoritative bibliography on the game, presenting examples of many different types of boards used over the centuries with definitive text on the game. Game boards have yielded vast and varying themes, including commerce, industry, sports, fine art, hot air balloons, heraldry, astrology, spiritualism, plants, animals, railways, theater, fashion, children's games, daily life, the alphabet et al.
___DESCRIPTION: Original illustrated paper covered boards, with lettering printed in black to backstrip, plain endpapers, mostly unopened, forty-eight double-page photo gravures, nine of which are hand-colored, headers, footers, many textual illustrations and vignettes, all text in French; folio size (13.25" by 10"), pagination: [1-5] 6-237 [1 colophon], limited edition, number 165 of 700.
___CONDITION: A very good copy with bright plates, text leaves are mostly unopened, no prior owner marks, professionally re-hinged, except for some minor foxing at the edges and slight rubbing at the corners, this is a better than very good, a lovely copy.
___CITATION: Information above from an article by Adrian Seville published in The Ephemera Journal, May 2015.
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