1843. Item #72509
LANGDON, WILLIAM CHAUNCY. The Game of English Blood Royal. New Orleans (1846). (80)ff. Third edition, revised and corrected; first stereotype edition, entered in the District Court of Massachusetts, 1846. Game consisting of 80 cards, measuring 3 3/4 by 2 3/4 inches. 36 cards represent monarchs. These show a woodcut portrait in an octagonal frame, and list numerous facts such as dates, names of parents and spouses, major events and people of their reign, and manner of death. 43 represent nobility close to the crown, and list facts without portraits. The 80th card gives the rules of the game, which is intended to teach English history. Complete and in fine condition, housed in the original green cloth box, with gilt titling and picture. Extremely educational: who could forget that Henry II died of vexation, John, Duke of Bedford, of mortification and anxiety, or Henry I of eating lampreys?