London / Liverpool: George Philip & Son / Philip, Son & Nephew, [c. 1880]. Rare colored lithographed map of Europe (620 x 691mm), with route to be followed when played as a game. Backed with linen and dissected into 24 sections for folding (as issued) into original case binding of machine-stamped blue cloth covers with elaborately decorated oval paper title label printed in black. At bottom is a comparative chart depicting the relative heights of mountains in various countries, with numbered "Reference to the Mountains" in upper right corner giving elevations of peaks. An excellent example, securely bound, with map coloring fresh and bright. Worldcat Discovery lists only three holdings, all in the United States. Hannas (English Jigsaw Puzzle), p. 85. Fine. Item #BB2225
There are 104 stops on the tour, each a city or town, leading players from London across the channel to Calais and eventually back to London by way of Spain, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Russia, and Iceland. John Betts was a publisher of cartographic games and educational puzzles, maps, atlases, and folding globes, whose premises were at 7 Compton Street, Brunswick Square, from 1839-1846, and then at 115 Strand. George Philip & Son, Ltd., published Betts's folding globes until the 1920s. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).