The English learn about their European neighbours
By WALLIS, Edward , 1845

European Travellers an Instructive Game.

Continent of Europe Europe
  • Author: WALLIS, Edward
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Pub[lishe]d By E. Wallis, 42, Skinner Street
  • Publication date: c1845
  • Physical description: Hand-coloured engraving with aquatint, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original green cloth covers, blind tooled with title gilt, with original ties.
  • Dimensions: 500 by 660mm (19.75 by 26 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1223


This scarce and beautiful instructional game was to be played as a lotto, each player moving around the finely detailed map which is crowded with vignettes of European life and wildlife.

The game aimed to teach an English audience about their European neighbours. The game abounds with details of Europe’s cultures, industries, topography, and natural history, from paddle steamers plying their trade in the Mediterranean and Atlantic; whales and polar bears in the Arctic sea, to bull fighting in Spain, Russians travelling by horse-drawn troikas, and Germans producing porcelain.


  1. BL Maps 60.b.29.