The Parlour Travellers, Through Europe. A New Game


A board game map of Europe with nearly three hundred separate locations!

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This copperplate engraving features original hand color and was published in London by the Wallis Family around 1820. John Wallis and his sons were some of the most prolific board game publishers in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and also created a wide array of sheet music, maps, and other printed material.

Aimed at teenage geography students (elder pupils), the game would proceed with players departing Portsmouth (spot 1) and traveling around Europe; with each point on the map likely corresponding to a trivia card with related geographic information. The trip ends in London at spot 298, allowing the players the opportunity to learn about much of the continent, possibly in preparation for their forthcoming Grand Tour.

The publishers likely had a difficult time keeping the political organization of the image up to date, as the 1820’s and 1830’s were rife with political revolutions resulting in constantly changing borders. This particular example is dated to around 1820 due to countries outlines loosely reflecting the Congress of Vienna; including a divided Empire of Prussia, German Confederation, and the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. Greece, however, is still shown as an Ottoman possession along with the island of Crete.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1820

Author: Wallis Family

Sheet Width (in): 21.60

Sheet Height (in): 18.20

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Case map dissected into twenty panels and mounted on linen. Panels are slightly soiled and toned, consistent with age, and there is a bit of staining on the verso which does not affect the image. Features original hand color and includes the original marbled slipcase with full color title block.


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