UNRECORDED VICTORIAN JUVENILE
EDUCATIONAL CARD GAME - Events of English History. An educational Game according to the Kindergarten System. London; Published by O. Newmann & Co., [circa 1880-90].
Boxed set of playing cards, box size 205 x 135mm, with engraved and letterpress printed title in red and brown onlaid to lid; the box containing a total of 72 playing cards divided into 2 corresponding packs, a "Sovereign pack" and an "Event pack", on green and yellow stock respectively; the first printed on one side with nicknames and dates, the second printed to the reverse with the standout events from the sovereign's reign; complete with the original folded sheet of rules, printed on one side; a wonderful set and a complete survival, with all pieces intact and with the rule sheet; the box with some dust-soiling, external rubbing, and edge wear, with small reinforcement to the interior; the rule sheet browned and spotted with slight splitting to fold.
An, apparently, unrecorded educational card game for the young 'that they may test their knowledge of English History without the aid of a governess'. The Kindergarten System is founded on learning by play which, in this case, involves matching events in history with the relevant monarch. The publisher O. Newmann flourished in the final decades of the nineteenth century and the item is evidently Victorian. The "Sovereign card" of Queen Victoria gives the date of the commencement of her reign (1837) and refers to The Great Exhibition; the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, which places the publication date in the 1850s or later. Unlocated in any institution worldwide.