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Auction 118, Lot 47

"Die Nationen der Erde. Ein belehrendes Spiel fur die Iugend. Erklarung des Spiels", Ebner, Carl

Subject: World - Cartographic Game

Period: 1790-1800 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.5 x 8 inches
34.3 x 20.3 cm

This map is actually a rare teaching game that was published in Stuttgart by Carl Ebner. The double hemispheric world map apparently shows explorations current to Capt. Cook, but with Australia and Tasmania still joined, as are the north and south islands of New Zealand. The game is a tour of the world as the players move through 60 ethnographic regions represented by costumed peoples, each numbered. The game instructions are shown below the map with a key to each of the sixty stopping points, each providing players with the opportunity to win or lose counters. Ebner was a printer in Stuttgart best known for engraved and etched views. Tooley's Dictionary lists a G. Ebner born in 1831, likely a son. A later example of this game by Campe was offered by a London dealer, but we find no reference or sale of this earlier and obviously rare map game. We have no idea whether the game was accompanied by game pieces, but none are present. The map was at one time bound in a book as it is twice folded and shows evidence of binding stitch holes at the left edge.


Condition: B

Printed on a sheet of hand laid paper with watermark. Some light scattered foxing and a little soiling along bottom margin.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/6/2007