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Wallis's New Game of Wanderers in the Wilderness

Board Game
1818-1847 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Wilderness in this case is South America, a country that would have been unknown and mysterious to most people at the time that this game was published. There are 84 playing spaces and the direction of play is a circular one, beginning and ending on the north coast. The rules booklet that originally accompanied this game is missing, so the progression of play with its rewards and forfeits is unknown.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand-coloured etching on linen
Brief Description
Hand coloured geographical race game, Wanderers in the Wilderness, published in England by Edward Wallis between 1818 and 1847
Physical Description
Design: etching, coloured by hand; 16 sections mounted on linen showing a map of South America

No. of squares: 84

Squares illustrated: as a map

Square numbering: all

Squares titled: in booklet

Subject of starting square: northern coast line with 2 men

Subject of ending square: northern coast line with birds
Dimensions
  • Height: 64.7cm
  • Width: 49.6cm
Credit line
Given by Waddington PLC
Object history
contained in a cloth covered slip case with stamped gilt title

See also Circa 226-1964, E. 1780-1954; B.7-1997

There is no booklet with this game but it will be played in the same manner as the others. The illustration covers the whole of South America and it is decorated with beasts, people, geographical markings such as mountains, and fish and boats. The title, in lower right corner, shows a palm tree with bird, monkey, tiger (or other striped cat) and crocodile.



Games & Puzzles, 1991, CGG
Historical context
Rewards: extra turns and forward movement

Forfeits: missing turns, remaining in same place or backward movement

No. of Players: any

Equipment required: stock of cards pieces provided with the game, as defined in the Rules





Rules:

RULES FOR PLAYING THE GAME

The players are provided with a Card, containing nine Letters, nine Numbers, two Crosses and one Blank, which are to be cut up on the lines with a pair of scissors.

2. The letters are to be distributed one to each player, according to the number about to play, and the remainder laid aside. They are used to mark each player's position o the Game.

3. The numbers, crosses and blank are to be placed in a lady's reticule, and drawn in turn, one by each player, after the manner of a lottery.

4. Each player, on drawing a number, is to place his letter on the same number in the Game, and read the description aloud. When it is his turn to draw another, he adds them together and advances his letter to that number which they make when so added, reading as before, and observing any directions which may be given him. But if he draw a cross, he is to draw again, till he obtain a number, which number is to be deducted from, instead of added to his former station, and his letter moved back accordingly. Each card to be returned to the bag after drawing.

5. Whoever draws a blank, remains at his former number.

6. After each player has drawn once, the Game is to be continued in the same manner, passing the bag round, till some one makes up the exact number 84 so wins the Game.

7. If a player go beyond No. 84 he must go as many back as he had exceeded it, and the lottery must continue till some one makes up the exact number.

8. If two players arrive at the same number, the one who arrived last must go back to his former number.

9. When a player is sent back to any place, he is not to read the description, or attend to the directions in italics, and when sent forward he is only to read the description and stop there till his turn to draw again.
Summary
The Wilderness in this case is South America, a country that would have been unknown and mysterious to most people at the time that this game was published. There are 84 playing spaces and the direction of play is a circular one, beginning and ending on the north coast. The rules booklet that originally accompanied this game is missing, so the progression of play with its rewards and forfeits is unknown.
Collection
Accession Number
B.8-1997

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record createdMarch 4, 2000
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