Framed HISTORICAL Original Game Board ~ Mansion 1864
AN INSTRUCTIVE MORAL AND ENTERTAINING AMUSEMENT
Published by: D. P. Ives, Boston and S. B. Ives, Salem, Mass.
Engraved by: Taylor and Adams, Boston 1864
This original hand colored antique game board is framed in a black matte frame measuring 19 7/8 inches x 16 1/2 inches with a protective plexiglass covering. The game has the original leather closure.
This rare and historically important game board is considered to be the first commercially published game board in the US. The game was made for young adults as a lesson in moral conduct. Christian deeds and virtue were assurances of success and happiness. The players move along the road to eternal happiness. The game rules (not part of the sale) say: "WHOEVER possesses PIETY, HONESTY, TEMPERANCE, GRATITUDE, PRUDENCE, TRUTH, CHASTITY, SINCERITY...is entitled to Advance six numbers toward the Mansion of Happiness. WHOEVER gets into a PASSION must be taken to the water and have a ducking to cool him... WHOEVER posses[ses] AUDACITY, CRUELTY, IMMODESTY, or INGRATITUDE, must return to his former situation till his turn comes to spin again, and not even think of HAPPINESS, much less partake of it."
Very good condition as shown in the photos for this important and rare piece. Colors are still very bright. Displays beautifully, a work of classic lithographed mid 19th century art and an amazing ephemeral reminder of a much simpler time.
Item ID: AA1508
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