Auction 159, Lot 59

Rare Military-Themed Game in Sepia Ink

"Das Festung Baues Spiel. In Welchem die Unterschiedene Wercke...", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Military Game

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Black & White

23.9 x 18.1 inches
60.7 x 46 cm

This very rare and fascinating engraving, printed in sepia ink, is a game designed to teach players about fortifications. The sheet can either be used as a game board accompanied by a pair of dice, or dissected into 52 playing cards. Rules for playing with dice are listed at top, with directions for what happens when landing on various spaces on the board, such as losing a turn or moving forward extra spaces. Each space, or card, depicts an element or a type of fortification, with explanatory text. At left is an index of terms used within the game. When used as a game board, the players start at number 1 at bottom left, winding their way around the board to the center, Complete Vestung at number 53. Schenk's imprint appears on a drape adjacent to the center square. Military-themed games are very rare, and even more rarely found printed in sepia ink.


Condition: A

A nice example with minor marginal soiling, a slightly weak impression at bottom right, and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1.5" into image at bottom.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/14/2016