THE NEW & FAVORITE GAME of MOTHER GOOSE and the GOLDEN EGG.
London: Published 30th Nov. 1808 & Sold by John Wallis Senr. 13 Warwick Square and Retail by John Wallis Junr. 188 Strand, London. A hand-coloured engraved sheet, with letterpress ‘Rules’ beneath, divided into nine and mounted on linen. Unfolded: 560 x 385 mm. Folded: 190 x 130 mm. Later card slipcase. Little soiled; some light wear at joints and corners; else a very good copy of the first printing of this scarce game. See Whitehouse page 62/63. The game shows episodes and characters from the pantomime of the same title, including Clown and Harlequin as well as Mother Goose herself. The game was published at the height of Grimaldi the Clown's career, and he appears in playing space number 21. Since much of the playing surface is taken up with the rules, the number of spaces is reduced to 33. Of these, 17 are illustrated, each with its own story and reward or forfeit. Half the remaining spaces show a golden egg, which, if landed on, has a reward of one counter. The other half, which are blank, carry a forfeit of one counter.