Sixième JEU DE CARTES GEOGRAPHIQUES, Orné de figures gravées avec soin et représentant les différens peuples de la terre dans le costume particulier à chacun d’eux; destiné à l’instruction et à l’amusement de la jeunesse des deux sexes. Nouvelle édition revue et corrigée.
Lille : Vanackere, Paris : H.Nicolle: No date [map dated 1806]. Contained in the original box (112 x 78 x 33 mm.) of marbled paper over thick card with paste-down illustrated label on one surface. Containing 48 cards (103 x 68 mm) with engraved cartouche and text (each card representing a different region; a folding copper-engraved map of the world (299 x 185 mm) by Tardieu, ‘Planisphère ou Carte réduite du Globe Terrestre. A l’usage du Jeu de Cartes Geographiques. Lacks the single sheet of rules. Box expertly restored; cards and map excellent. Card XLVI is dedicated to Nouvelle-Hollande, but also mentions New Guinea. It is decorated with an engraving of a fierce some looking warrior wearing a headdress and animal skins and brandishing a spear. This illustration does not accord with the description of Australian Aborigines printed on this card, which alleges that the indigenous inhabitants of New Holland are, 'Without clothing, without industry, without habitation, they have nothing for a bed but the earth and nothing for nourishment except for shellfish which they gather at the edge of the ocean'. The text also mentions the English settlement at Botany Bay and the transportation of convicts. Card XLVIII is dedicated to Terres Polaires et Australes, and is decorated with an engraving of a bare-breasted maiden (possibly inspired by illustrations of Tahitian women). The text states that New Zealand is inhabited by cannibals and that the savages of New Guinea and New Holland live in a primitive state owing to their lack of intelligence; 'Some geographers consider New Holland to be a continent.... Considered as an island, it is the largest on earth, approximately 300,000 square leagues.' A rare children’s game from the first decade of the nineteenth century and one of the very first to feature the peoples of Australasia.