Price

£5000.00

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The New and Fashionable Game of the Jew

Author: WALLIS, Edward

Publication place: London

Publisher: Wallis, Dunnet and Wallis

Publication date: May 27th, 1807.

Physical description: Original hand-coloured engraved game, dissected and mounted on linen, housed in original slipcase with publisher’s label, together with original totem.

Notes

A fine copy of this anti-Semitic board game, where the playing area is divided into ten sections, In the centre is a stereotyped depiction of a Jewish moneylender, surrounded by money bags.

The players each have to roll a pair of dice or a totem, which gives the number of counters they have to place on the corresponding square of the board.

If they throw a seven, their money goes to the Jew; if they throw a twelve, they receive all the counters on the board (Whitehouse). It is rare to find the game with the original totem.

Stephen Sondheim, who, as a games collector, owns a copy, commented memorably: ​“It taught kids to be anti-semitic” (ATG).

There are institutional copies at the Jewish Museum London, University of Michigan, University of California, Yale, Harvard and Princeton. 

Edward Wallis (c1787–1868) 
Edward Wallis was the son of John Wallis sr., one of the earliest specialist game-makers in England; he was the eldest son, so inherited the family business in 1818, while his father made separate provision for his second son, John jr., to set up a separate business.

Dimensions

480 by 410mm. (19 by 16.25 inches)

Price

£5000.00

Stock number

1436
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