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The Horrid Popish Plot - c1678/1680 Horrid Popish Plot Playing Cards

England at this time was extremely anti-catholic and when the tales of plots to kill the King,  Charles II, by Titus Oats were aired, no one sought to validate the background to these assertions probably exasperated by the fact that Parliament was in recess.

Oates had previously been found guilty of perjury and been forced to end a Naval career through an unsavoury incident.

In consequence men were murdered and hung on the word of a man with a truly dubious character.

This pack portrays the events surrounding this period of turmoil and was obviously popular as several editions were printed.

This is the first of those issues so circa 1679/1680 believed to be printed by Robert Walton and sold at the Globe on the north side of St Paul's Churchyard.

The cards are printed from engraved plates and this set is with the rarer medallion portraits [ on the court cards ] and with a back pattern of hexagonal motifs containing crosses and arrows.

These cards are in Good to Fine condition with no tears or bends, there is the occasional, non-distracting, foxing which is expected with time.

Since there were various editions and changes it is important to confirm this being a complete set of the same issue.

Firstly there is only one edition know with patterned backs and medallion portraits. Secondly the cards confirm to the descriptions supplied withWillshire's catalogue.

Oates gave evidence of the 'plots' to a Magistrate Sir Edmond Godfrey who one month later was murdered by the conspirators who blamed it on the Catholics and Catholic sympathisers.

Practically the whole of the spades suit recall these events.

The cards bear no historical sequence in their suit order and one should refer to J R S Whiting's - A Handful of History for a an acurate chronological order.

References -
Berry's "Playing Cards of the World" Catalogue of the collection of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and cards owned by the Guildhall Library, City of London.

A descriptive catalogue of Playing and other Cards in the British Museum by William Hughes Willshire.


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CIP5294 c1682 Geographical and/or Astronomy Playing Cards sold by Henry Brome

Two edition are known of these very early Geographical Cards by Brome, the first being c1676 and this, second edition, c1682, both being copper engraved.

The difference between the two is that the Jack of Clubs headwear - the original edition the Jack wears a hat with two feathers and in this edition the hat has been engraved as a crown of feathers.

From the book mounted edition held by the British Museum we know the following.

"are to be sold by Henry Brome at Ye Gun in St Paul's Churchyard, London 1676"

The cards were made "by Tho Poole, first Cardmaker of England"

Poole was Master of the Worshipful Company Makers of Playing Cards for the years 1668/1669/1670/1679/1680 [ Information from the excellent work by former Master - John.G.Thorpe "The Makers of Playing Cards of London" ].

The cards were engraved by F.H.van Hove who was born in Haarlem, Holland, c1630 who appears to have worked as a engraver of portraits in London.

Interestingly the card box is Dutch of 17th/18th century.

The cards were advertised as "used for the recreation in all our English Games, so they are useful to all ingenious persons for obtaining a system of universal geography, which, by this contrivance, is rendered pleasant and familiar to all capacities"

Brome priced the cards at "One Shilling if plain, two shillings and six pence is gilt and embellished and two shilling if bound in a book."

Willshire gives the following description "intended to convey geographical information. The greater portion of each piece is occupied by a geographical account of various countries, a systematic classification of which is given in tabular form on the ace of each suit."

These cards have both Roman Numerals in the top right and Arabic Numerals under the suit signs on the upper left. The court cards have a central cartouche depicting Kings, Queens, ethnic groupings and dignitaries of the period. the suit signs are hatched engraving for the black suits and outline pip symbol with colour stencilling. The Kings have a Crown engraved in the top right corner.

The major research on this pack, through it's many manifestations, was made by Virginia and Howard Wayland.

Condition: This pack contains 51/52 [ lacking 10 Spades ] the cards have been used and played with but they have no bends or corners missing. For a pack of cards over 320 years old we would describe them in good condition. The full scans reveal any distractions which are extremely minor. We don't often use the definition rare, but we would for these. The box is very good condition.





c1688 2nd edition - The Arms of English Peers Playing Cards.

Most cards have four coats of Arms with the names of their bearers
The playing cards can be dated by certain cards [ no legend on the Price of Hearts]

The Earl of Powis had not been elevated to Marquis and dates this to post 1686.

The cards are engraved - they are cut from a sheet and not mounted as playing cards.

The selling of sheets was a common occurance at this time as playing and the vendors would 'know' of a journeyman who could cut them decently and mount them on pasteboard for a fee.

The deck is incomplete 43/52 - the condition is good used with minor imperfections here and there which don't distract from the character of the individual cards.

The scans are at high resolution and therefore take some time to download but give a true representation of each card.


Unique offering of Moxon’s book THE USE OF ASTRONOMICAL PLAYING CARDS 1676 and John Lenthall’s c1715 Astronomical Playing Cards.

In 1676 Joseph Moxon published a book titled "The use of Astronomical Playing Cards" for "teaching any ordinary Capacity to be acquainted with all the Stars, to know their place in the Heavens, their colour, nature, and bigness; with a Book of their Use" - this is the book on offer.

It also contains and advert for Moxon’s Globes for which he is more well known, he sold his wares in Ludgate Hill ( London ) at 'the Signe of Atlas'. ( His son, James, who reproduced the book in 1692, sold them in Ye Strand at Ye Signe of the Three Herrings near Charing Cross.)

Moxon published an accompanying pack of engraved playing cards with stencilled suit signs.

This pack on offer is from the c1715 edition by John Lenthall, [ it could be earlier as there is no Tax Stamp which were introduced in 1711 ] which uses the same plates as Moxon, the suit symbols are now additionally engraved on the cards. This is known as pack number 5 from Lenthall’s 1716 Broadside,

This pack contains 51/52 playing cards and lacks the Ace of Clubs of which a digital image is shown in the illustrations.

All the cards are illustrated along with pertinent pictures of the book which is in very good condition. The playing cards are also in very good condition with the very occasional paper shrinkage ( mentioned here solely for completeness ) and the Six of Spades has a small portion missing from the bottom of the card.

The illustrations are in high resolution and have been split over five pages to assist viewing of the pictures.

Each card has the instruction for viewing that Star or Constellation at the bottom of the card - The day of the month is given on which theconstellation rises at the London Sunset as well as the point of the compass where one should look.

The Yale Library, Cary Collection has a pack of 52 of the same era as these.

Enjoy the illustrations

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c1710-1720 - Warter/Lendhall or Lenthall Proverb Playing Cards (26/52)

Most probably published during the period 1710 - 1720 for there is no Ace of Spades to determine if tax was applicable.

The plates were changed after the first publication (in 1698) as some "had given distaste". The cards were probably reprinted a number of times as they were advertised through to 1720 s

The cards are engraved and show a well known proverb with a detailed engraved picture. The same proverbs are used in the earlier pack but some narratives are changed and in some case the pip values are also changed - ie 7 Clubs has a faint engraving of Queen at the top. Interestingly the many other known Proverb cards recorded have stencilled pips over the small engraved pips or hashed symbols -only one other part set with pips similar to this appears to exist (Guildhall Library) and this has miniature insert cards rather than the words for the court cards.

The proverbs are fairly standard ie "Never Look a Gift Horse In the Mouth" but often the accompanying picture does not always seem relevant - The cards have odd stains - there was a paper worm in this deck as there a series of small holes which showed the route that he used to chew his way out.

All cards are affected - but apart for this there is no damage except one crease card


c1720 -1745 All the Bubbles Pictorial Playing Cards

Condition is very good - 50/52 missing Ace of Spades and 3of Diamonds.
These cards are engraved cards - black or red .

They illustrate in a factual manner some of genuine and spurious projects that occurred during this period. The title of the project appears in the top line or two. The four line satirical verse at the bottom has been cut off - presumably as politically incorrect or offensive to those who suffered the consequences of a particular 'bubble'.

Two of the title lines appear to have been blanked out on purpose - "Bassard" before children (Queen of Spades) and "An inoffensive way of emptying House of Office" (King of Spades) which referred to the gunpowder plot - The cards measure 2.15 inch by 3.75 inches - the small inset card .5 by .75 inches - These miniature courts are standard English - slightly simplified, but engraved in detail -one card has a crease otherwise condition is very good.

The publisher is Tho Bowles, Print seller in St Paul's Churchyard & Eman. Bowen next to the King of Spain's Head (advertisement of 12 March 1720 in Mist's Weekly Journal)

CIP 3778


c1720 Lenthall's Arithmetical Playing Cards

Partial pack of these rare cards (23/52), first published by Warter in 1707 and remained in his and Lenthall's control until 1723
This cards obviously did not sell particularly well and all known packs have the "Stock in Hand " Stamp on the Ace of Diamonds (stamp in 1712), this would have been the leading card of the pack, this despite the pack being advertised well into the 1720s.

The pack was an instruction pack with value to traders ie addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, reduction and the rule of three.
Others include liquid measure, Troy Weight, Dry Measure and Cloth Measure - there are lots of question and worked examples all in long hand converting pounds to farthings etc

This pack consists of 8 clubs, 6 diamonds, 5 hearts, 4 spades - cards measure approx 3 by 2 inches, the insert suit card is approx 0.5 by 0.75 inches - all on the right hand side within the heavy border that is on all cards.

Fleur de lils between Jacks feet, slim waisted queens (not hearts).
2 cards lightly creased, one missing the backing and damage to the border + creasing, otherwise condition is good - no narrative missing so all the full details can be absorbed!!!

Again of great social interest as it shows the type of sales//deals done during the period - 4 reasonably complete decks known 2 in museum


c1720 LOVE CARDS produced by John Lenthall

This full pack of 52/52 Playing Cards bear a tax stamp on the Eight of Diamonds.

The earliest reference to it appeared in The Daily Courant for October
29, 1709.
"This Day is Published A curious Pack of Cards, representing
the various Intrigues of Love, as well Serious as Comical, the Designs
being very Elegant, and altogether New, and finely engraven on Copper
Plates. Price Is. 6d. a Pack".

Then follows the address of WÃrter/ Lenthall and mention is made of other packs originating with them and which they also offer for sale.
[ Ref:Virginia and Harold Wayland ]

The engravings are very fine and the LOVE MOTTOES, two line couplets, are both amusing and poignant.
The majority of the card is comprised of the 'Love' scene
The card value is shown by a miniature card in the upper corners, the court cards being hand coloured.

The cards in a very fine condition with the occasional non-distracting age mark.
These cards are truly delightful to handle as they smoothly pass over each other.
All cards have been scanned to show the character of the subject and the work of the engraver..

Needless to say this is a very rare deck being complete and in this condition.

All cards have been scaned for your enjoyment.

- Lady Schreiber collections donated to the British Museum.
- The Journal of the Playing-Card Society, Vol. 8 , August 1979 - May 1980
Lenthall Pack No. XXIV - VIRGINIA AND HAROLD WAYLAND - LOVE CARDS, or, The Intrigues and Amusements of that Passion merrily displayed.




c1723 Delightful Playing Cards (13/52)

A partial deck of 13 out of 52.

First advertised 24-26th December 1723 "Delightful Cards, containing variety of entertainment for young Ladies and Gentlemen who wil be agreeably diverted price two shillings a pack"

Cards have been described as satirical in the style of Hogarth - Hogarth was beginning to be notice at this time and could have been involved with the design of the cards.

The illustration are very typical of life in the 18th century a mixture of love, War and The Classics.
Cards measure 3 by 2.1 inches - insert suit card 0.5 by 0.75 inches - all approx.
Ace of Spades is transparent - all others hid the picture beneath them

Courts cards are very detailed as are the complete engraved card.

Interestingly of the 9 partial or complete packs known only two had tax stamps - which is surprising - this partial deck while containing the Ace of Spades is not tax stamped

This partial deck was old in auction 18th May 1914 - from the Hodgkin Collection.


CIP 3774


C1740s Illustrated Playing Cards -

30/52 measuring 2.125 by 3.125 inches with insert card of .5 by .75 inches approx - The hand stamp would date the cards between 1715/18 and 1745 - The cards are engraved and the style is a two/three line description at the top which describes the picture on the card and a four line description at the bottom which gives more details about the saint and is most comic than respectful. The courts is the left hand corner are British Standard - Queens have very slim waists - all are drawn in detail - red pips are hand colored. - Engraving on the cards is very detailed and interesting
Condition is very good - odd non- distracting dirty marks - no damage or creases.

St Denis carries his Head in his Hands & gives it to a poor Woman".
"St Denis Martyr'd and when dead,In his own hand did bring his head And on a Woman it bestow'd a Fat Calves head had done more good"

We cannot find any record of this deck.



C1750s or earlier "Forrest Cards"

48/52 - Small Playing Cards with a named animal or bird on each card (no logic of which were on black or red cards) and small suit card in top left hand corner - fleur de lils between legs of JD and JC - JC has a feather in his hat - cards measure 1.5 by 2.5 inches.

The small playing card measures 7/8 inch by 5/8 inch approximately. The cards are copper engraved. The red suits are printed in red (heart pips are upside down). Courts and black suits printed in black and crudely hand colored. Courts are crude version of English Pattern.

Deck is missing 4 cards: Ace of Spades, King of Clubs, 2 and 10 diamonds.
The cards are lightly used, three with heavy creases but otherwise very good condition.

Lenthall produced a similar styled animal deck during the period 1713 to 1754 - his known decks have birds on red suits and animals on black suits so it seem unlikely he produced this pack himself, however the deck was still being advertised after he went out of business in 1733 and this may have been a version sold during this period and under his name.

A pack similar to this was described in Antiques magazine in 1956 - the ace in that version was designednot to appear to be an ace and so not to required to be taxed - and there is also an example in the Guildhall museum.

Only two packs of the Lenthall cards + possibly three version of this deck are know to exist so it seems likely that there was an appeal to children (although initially they were produced for "Young Gentlemen & Ladys, who are Lovers of Ingenuity") - these packs were advertised as being sold in three toy shops by 1754

References from The Journal of the Playing Cards Society (IPCS).


1765 by Rowley & Co Playing Cards.

These are cards are copper engraved .
The unusual duty ace of spades was completely different to all the other makers of this period.
1765 was the year that the taxing authorities attempted to introduce a standard Ace of Spades to show the tax paid. These were printed by the revenue and released to the individual makers on payment of the required duty; it is therefore amazing that this Ace should be so different to all the other makers.

The unusualness of this pack also extended to the pips and the court cards. So this was the first non-standard design on a standard pack of playing cards of the United Kingdom.

Half length courts within ovals frames, representing kings and queens with court body-guards as Jacks.

The suit signs are 'red chalice', with a heart in the chalice, a 'black pike head', an 'orange topaz', cut in a diamond shape and a green clover leaf.

The court cards correspond to England, France, Spain and Portugal. The Aces of chalices, topazes, and clover are in oval cartouches decorated with a mitre, crozier and croos, a winged hat, caduseus and trident, a wreath and farm tools.

Rowley and Co operated at No.6 in the Old Bailey, London.

Duty Ace George III Number 20.

The pack is complete 52/52 with plain backs. The condition is worn plus the occassional surface mark.
They have been heavily played with but there are no tares, bend or physical defects apart from the Ten of the Red Chalice Suit which has a small quare cut out from the bottom right hand corner - see individual picture.

This is a very scarce 18th Century Pack and the price reflects the overall condition.

All cards have been scanned so that the condition can be seen.






50/?52 (see end of this description) -This deck is interesting and unusual - most cards carry a full length picture of an English monarch - with details of start of reign, duration in years, months and days

There are 4 cards covering the early period (2-5 H - A Druid, Ancient Briton, Pict, Briton Warrier)

The series then starts at William I and ends with George III - The order is not exactly numerical but can be followed easily using heart, club and diamond suits and spade courts - The spade pip cards are totally different carrying useful information such as alphabet, pence table, multiplication tables etc.

The suit values are shown by a small card in the top left hand corner - full length courts - single figure of an early design - Four cards do not have a picture card on them- these cards can be identified from where they fit into the monarch cycle Ace of Clubs, 10C, 10H, and from content - Ace of Spades.

There is no Ace of Hearts or Ace of Diamonds. There are three known examples of this deck - 2 examples in V&A and one in Worshipful Collection and all these decks are missing these 2 cards, which logically appear to be AD and AH - what these cards would represent is not obvious - so it is possible that this is a 50 card deck - planned to add at a later date for additional monarchs (some of the games of this period did have blank (or advertising spaces that in later editions were completed with George IV and Victoria).

On the V&A version 9D has on it "Willerton's Toy Shop Bond Street (London)" - On this deck on 9S "Sold at Willertons Toy Shop Bonb street" (sic). Of the 40 personal & royalty cards 7 are uncolored - the rest are hand colored.

The cards are line engraved and in very good condition - the uncolored cards being in better condition - no damage - just odd non-distracting dirty marks caused by use.



Most probably the second English set of playing cards issued specifically for the purpose of fortune telling, the first being those published by Newman c1690 later published by John Lenthall - his pack number XVIII.

The wording on each card conforms to that found in the work on the oldest cartomancy meanings in English by "Dr. Flamstead’s and Mr. Patridge’s New Fortune-Book containing . . . Their new-invented method of knowing one’s fortune by a pack of cards" published c1729 [ Our thanks to Ross Caldwell for pointing us to this link - ]

We think that these cards were published by S Hooper a Book and Print Publisher of various London addresses during the period 1766 to 1792, Strand, Ludgate Hill, Arundal Street, Dukes Court and Holborn. He is know also for publishing his Conversation Cards.

Lots of 'thinks' and 'most probablys in his write up as this pack is not referenced anywhere to our knowledge.

The pack is missing the 9 of Hearts, the Nine of Diamonds and the Jack of Hearts, one direction card and one Wheel of Fortune Card, Red.

The Court cards are of the early style - Jacks have Fleur de Lils between their feet - Black Jacks feathers in their hats - King of Clubs holds Cross of Lorraine - Diamonds and Hearts are red stenciled cards (including court cards) but excluding borders and legend.

The lack of Aces is explained by the Direction Card [ Direction The First ] - "The conjurer being obliged to multiply the 12 figns of the Zodiac by the four feasons of the year could only employ 48 cards, was therefore commanded by the oracle of Delphos to exclude the 4 aces" - though the referenced source above does have Rhyming Cutlets for the four Aces.

The cards are in good condition with some paper shrinkage ripples. The Black Wheel of Fortune card does have many pin holes in it - as it should - as it is used to select the cards which then reveal your fortune.

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CSA 5200

c1775 Music Playing Cards with Rules for Quadrille [ Dance Cards ]

51 Playing Cards, plus instruction card - lacking 6 diamonds, as in all examples viewed the Ace of Spades just bears a Crown ? Tax avoidance perhaps.

Instruction Card - QUADRILLE without pooling as played at Bath & C.

No information is available as to the makers name but the small court cards are really well crafted and I have scanned a few images of just the courts so you see the fine workmanship.


This is a very rare deck much scarcer than the earlier issue of Music cards 'Beggars Opera'.

Yale has a complete Deck plus Instruction Card

British Museum has 51/52 cards [ Schreiber Collection ] plus Instruction Card



Condition is very good; the odd part loss of top layer and a couple of paper adhesions - all cards scanned to show condition.

F O'Donoghue 1901 Page 168
No: 78 DANCE MUSIC, c1775 each card containing the music of a contredanse with the value indicated by a miniature card in the upper left hand corner.

LADY SCHREIBER Collection 1901 Volume 1 Plate 97

Yale University - Carey Collection - English ENG 123

Historic Card Games described by David Parlett
see -

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Published by The Rev John Hunt

Complete 52/52

French Suited Cards - with
Ace of Spades - Asia, Ace of Hearts - Europe, Ace of Diamonds -
The Americas and Ace of Clubs -Africa - each suit describing one continent

The indices KQJ are used as initial letters of Kingdoms, Quarter and Jslands
Values appears within suit sign on pip cards - hearts and diamonds have red border, small stars appears on the border of court card

The cards are undamaged and are in MINT condition.

Great early Geographical interest besides being a deck of playing cards obviously
designed to educate whilst being entertaining. They also seem to have avoided playing card duty.

Not all information on the cards would not be exactly PC these days and
are a wonderful insight into the life and times of the inhabitants

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c1806 John Wallis Comic Cards - 52 Droll Characters for the Amusement of Children with Playing Card inserts

The cards measure 1.5 by 2.25 inches approx - Each card has a hand painted character on it with two line verse + a small insert card - The art work in wonderful and shows so much about the style of the period - These cards are in their original box , missing bottom flap - with original label.

The cards are complete [ 52/52 ] The condition is worn
- extremely rare.

Very little
is known about this pack, we have been unable to trace it in any of the major collections.
The first
spade card is very interesting as it bears no 'Spade Suit' for had it done so it would have been liable for Duty which would have place it outside the pockets of the intended audience - the children's market.





1828 Hodges Geographical Playing Cards
Also known as New Royal Playing Cards.

Charles Hodges was a Printer and Publisher.

The suits represent the four continents of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas
The suit signs have been modified for this pack to

Gold for Diamonds - Blue for Pike Heads [ Spades ] - Green for Shamrock [ Clubs ] - Hearts remaining unchanged.

This is a complete 52/52 packs with a Stopforth Duty Ace of Spades "Duty One Shilling"

This pack also contains a 53 card, unsuited, showing North and South America
[ Shows British America and the United States as well and South America ]

This card was intended to be the Ace of Spades but a Duty Ace of Spades was required by law and the Stopforth Ace substituted. It is very unusual to find this 53rd card.

Cards are line engraved and hand coloured. Plain Backs. Trace of gold edging.

The box is the original one made of leather outer with GEOGRAPHICAL gold blocked on the upper section.

Cards exhibit surface soiling due to play - the price has been adjusted accordingly.
[ all cards are scans so you can judge ] but have no tares or bends - beyond this description of any defects

7 of Spades - Paper Shrinkage to the back not affecting the front of the card.
2 of Diamonds - Paper Shrinkage to the back not affecting the front of the card.
6 of Diamonds - week bottom right habd corner,
Queen of Diamonds - two paper shrinkages affecting both back and front, very minor
8 of Spades - marginal thining to bottom left corner of the back not affecting the front
2 of Hearts - Slight loss to back of right bottom corner and some small seperation of back layer
Jack of Spades - paper skrinkage to top left corner




1828 Charles Hodges New Astronomical Cards

In 1827/1828 Charles Hodges of 27 Portman Street, Portman Square, London published two
40 cards packs, without suit signs, one entitled "New Geographical Cards" and this one covering Astronomical Cards.

He also combined the two, whilst reducing to 30 of each, in his Astrophilogeon Deck.

This pack contains 40 engraved cards of the constellations of the two Hemispheres.

The modern constellations are distinguished from the ancient by a ~ being prefixed.
Those prefixed by a * are Zodiacal signs.

*Aries, *Taurus, *Gemini, *Virgo, *Leo, *Cancer, *Pisces,
Perseus et Caput Medudea, Cassiopeia, Auriga,
~Monoceros, ~Camelopardalis,
Lynx, Ursa Major, Bootes, Orion, Hercules, Aquila, Lyra, Pegasus, Cepheus, Andromeda,
~Vulpecula et Anser, Cygnus

*Libra, *Scorpio, *Sagittarius, *Capricoranus,
Aquarius, Centaurus, Canis Major, Lepus, Argo Navis,
Antinous, Cetus.

Four Seasons Cards -
Hiems - Winter, Ver - Spring, Aestas - Summer, Autumnus - Autumn.

Along with these cards is the accompanying booklet titled -
LONDON: Published by C Hodges, 27 Portman Street, Portman Square, and sold by all Booksellers in Town and Country - 1828"
Printed by W DAVY, Gilbert Street, Oxford Street.
29 pages of explanation - Gold Edged.

The cards are also gold edged and are in first class condition.

Comes with original telescopic Box with appropriate Green Labels




This was issued as a forty card pack by Charles Hodges of 27 Portman Street, Portman Square, London in 1828

This pack is complete 40/40 and comes with the original booklet and is in the original strong telescopic case

The cards are gilt edged and each is fully hand coloured and apart from a very few non distracting marks they are in extremely fine condition.

The booklet front-page  is entitled
"A Brief Explanation / of / The Countries, Ec. / Represented by / The / New Geographical Cards"

London / Published by C Hodges, / Portman Street, Portman Square, / and sold by all booksellers in town / and country. / 1828

The second page bears the inscription "Printed by W Davy, Gilbert Street, Oxford Street"


There is then three pages under the subject "Introductory Remarks" wherein Hodges states that Geography is the science which treats of the earth. 

There then follow description of the "four continents" being Europe, Asia, Africa and America.'

The rest of the 31 page booklet goes on to describe the individual countries and their inhabitants etc.
[ Look for countries that don't exist any more and those that have changed their name very closely to the original ie Chili ]

Four of the maps represent the continents and the rest countries, nine for each continent.
[ Hodges later used 30 of these cards together with 30 from a forty card New Astronomical Pack to publish is 60 card pack entitled "ASTROPHILOGEON" ]

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This complete pack consists of 60 engraved cards which have then been hand coloured to a high standard.

30 of these are "map cards" and 30 "constellation cards".

The pack comes with it's companion booklet of 68 pages (lacks last page ). The booklet is a trifle scruffy in appearance and some of the first few pages have become separated but it contains the rules together with explanations on Astronomy and Geography.

All this is housed in the original two part green telescope box with a label on the upper part stating

"Astrophilogeon/A GAME/of/SCIENCE and AMUSEMENT"
The label of the lower section of the box states
"PUBLISHED BY/C Hodges/27 PORTMAN STREET/Portman Square/1828"

All cards bear the Latitude/Declination at the bottom and 'indices' appear at the top left being the rounded value of the Latitude/Declination.

An important feature of the game is when the indices of a map card coincides with an Constellation card they are underlined.

9 of the map cards have additional Crowns printed on them, at the top right, as they are the Principle Monarchies.
The cards which bear the signs of the Zodiac bear Zodiac symbols at the top right.

Backs of cards are plain white.

The box has a few scuff marks but it is important to point out that it is the original box and should not be confused with those in a Morocco slipcase which dates to a later edition.

The cards have been played with and bear signs of it, there are no tears or bends and you can view the condition of each card as they have all been scanned.


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