[INDIAN CHILDREN'S GAMES] India 1975. Design and production by Chimanial Paper Company, Bombay. Printed by Hrafika, Bombay. 1975.
Royal 8vo. Spiral-bound pictorially printed wide-weave cloth, to the design of a chessboard, over limp card covers, in original red card slipcase; pp. , printed throughout on variously coloured and textured papers and tissues interleaved with the diary pages, with banner decoration of a chessboard running throughout; a fine copy and apparently totally unused.
First and sole edition, published as a desk diary for the year 1975. A fascinating and ephemeral item demonstrating the ingenuity and versatility of the printer. With the theme of games of Indian childhood this educational desk diary also incorporates a selection of physical examples of paper games, obviously intended to be removed, but fortunately not in this case. Instructions and a background to the games are included in each case. Pastimes covered here encompass chess; Ganjifa, an elaborate card game (with pictorial game counters on laminated and gloss paper); kite-flying (with a miniature fully-realised kite with wooden support and loosely inserted die-cut and colour-printed spool of string on a thread); a 4-leaf folding movable or transformational game incorporating colour-printed figures from Hindu mythology; a colour-printed board game called Chaupar (here fully-realised in colour printed paper); a jumping game called Ikki-Dukki; a dancing game associated with Lord Krishna and his milkmaidens; the yo-yo; a dice game called The Goat and the Tiger (with colour-printed playboard); terra cotta wooden tops; a cut-out magic window cube (here fully-realised with colour-printed panels surrounding inset acetate window); polo; a counter game called Pacheta; an Indian snakes and ladders associated with the Pap-Punya theory of good and evil, with pictorial playing surface and, finally, the playing surface of a folded two-page gambling game.