Around the world in eighty days
By WALLIS, John , 1796

Wallis's Complete Voyage Round the World. A New Geographical Pastime.

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  • 作者: WALLIS, John
  • 出版地: London
  • 出版商: John Wallis
  • 发布日期: 1796 [1802].
  • 物理描述: Engraved map on paper with original hand colour with letterpress addition, dissected and mounted on linen, with original slip case.
  • 方面: 480 by 615mm. (19 by 24.25 inches).
  • 库存参考: 16387


A re-issue of the first edition of Wallis’s double-hemisphere map game. Players begin in Portsmouth and journey to London by way of Iceland, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, before returning home via New Zealand, traversing 100 stops in total, each with accompanying commentary on the specific stop. Caution must be taken at particularly perilous points, such as the Magellan Straight where “the traveller is shipwrecked, and thereby loses his chance of the game”, while other stops offer a chance to see the sights, including the “famous pyramids” in Cairo and the grand Mosque in Mecca.

The game would prove to be incredibly popular and was published in later additions throughout the the nineteenth century with updates made based on new discoveries – New Holland, for example, only features the city Port Jackson in the present edition while later examples include a slew of new cities and geographic features.

John Wallis (1745?-1818) was a British map and book maker, seller and publisher. After his first business Wallis & Stonehouse went bankrupt in 1778, he became well-known for producing games and puzzles for children. His business was based at 16 Ludgate Street, where the game map was published, from 1778-1805. From 1813 he worked in collaboration with his son Edward Wallis (1787?-1868), who continued the business after his death in 1818.