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Geography an Amusement. Or a Complete Set of Geographical Cards, by

EARLY AMERICAN JUVENILE CARD GAME) (EARLY AMERICAN JUVENILE CARD GAME). Geography an Amusement. Or a Complete Set of Geographical Cards, by which the Boundaries, Situation, Extent, Divisions, Chief Towns . of all the Countries, Kingdoms, and Republics in the Known Habitable Globe, may be Learned by way of Amusement, in a Pleasing and Satisfactory Manner. By Several Persons Conversant with Maps and who have made the Science their Particular Study. Burlington [N.J.]: Published by David Allinson, bookseller, [1805]. [2], lxxvi pastepaper cards printed in red, yellow, blue, and black, and housed in the original four-panel printed pastepaper sleeve. Sleeve very worn at the extremities, one panel cleanly detached, cards all in lovely condition. A remarkable survival. A complete set, in the fragile original printed pastepaper sleeve, of one of the earliest surviving American educational card games. The set consists of 76 numbered cards, each printed in either red, yellow, blue, or black ink, and each devoted to an individual state, territory, country, or empire, plus two cards of directions ("The manner of using Geography an Amusement" and "Explanation of terms"). The cards are contained in a paper-covered pastepaper sleeve, printed on all four panels. In more than 45 years of very close attention to the products of the early New Jersey press, we have seen very few copies of Geography an Amusement on the market, and those were invariably incomplete. S&S 8509 locates two sets (DLC and MiU-C), and we know of a few other institutional sets, nearly all of which are incomplete, usually lacking one or both cards of directions. The present set contains both cards of directions plus all the geographical cards. See Felcone, New Jersey Books, 717, for a very detailed description of this early American juvenile card game.