Rare set of cards published c.1900 by the Shakespeare Club of Camden, Maine, titled “A Study in Shakespeare.” It is subtitled, “An Instructive Game” and the object of the game is to answer questions about Shakespeare’s plays and their characters correctly and so gain cards. When the deck has been exhausted, the person with the most cards is the winner. Some of the cards have questions about a particular play, and some have cards about a particular character. On the backs of the cards is a depiction of the Camden Mountains.
This set consists of 55 cards and a paper insert describing the rules of play. There is nothing to indicate how many cards the game is supposed to have, but, as this is written, there is one other set of these cards for sale on the internet (for $150!) with 60 cards, and so I am inclined to think that there should be 5 more cards in this set. The cards are square cornered, and measure approximately 96mm x 68mm. The cards were cut from the sheet in such a way that they are very slightly different in size. They are in the original box
The cards and insert are in excellent condition, and the box is in very good condition. The “label” on the lid of the box is a pasted paper, and it is faded and slightly discolored, and torn at the edges.
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