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Spooner's Race Around England & Wales

SKU: 9583

Spooner's Race Around England & Wales

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
63.5 x 50.5 cm (sheet size)



  • William Matthias Spooner
  • A most attractive Spooner race-game, from Berwick (1) to London (104), via the most picturesque towns. Each town (and a number of others not part of the game) represented by a small vignette view. The thirty-six page rule-book (not present in this example) supplied practical information on each.

    Whitehouse notes two editions, both dated November 5 1844, the earlier of which has starting places marked on the edges of the map, as here: North Side, West Side etc. William Spooner (1796-1882) produced a number of maps and table-games, and was well known as a maker of 'protean' or transformation prints; for example, a view of Vesuvius on a tranquil summer's day which, when held up to the light, shows it erupting.  

    Condition & Materials 

    Lithographed cartographic table-game, sheet size 63.5 x 50.5 cm, bright original hand colour, dissected into 9 panels and laid on linen, one or two trivial marks, folding into original cloth boards with printed pictorial paper label (cover-title: 'The Travellers of England and Wales'), rebacked, a little worn and lacking ribbon-tie. Published in London. 


    Five copies (British Library and Manchester) located in libraries in the US and UK (OCLC 15730782/500267140)

    Whitehouse, Table games of Georgian and Victorian days, p 18.