Walker's Geographical Pastime, or Tour Through the Western Hemisphere, or New World. An Amusing and Instructive Game. Walker's Geographical Pastime, or Tour Through the Eastern Hemisphere, or Old World. An Amusing and Instructive Game.
19.5 x 40.75 in (49.53 x 103.505 cm)
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This is an 1816 William Darton game map of the world in two hemispheres. The map emerged early in the 19th century during a period of global optimism, curiosity, and romanticism following the well-publicized voyages of Cook, Perouse, and Vancouver. It celebrates expanded geographical curiosity, while serving as a didactic tool to educate on matters of geography, history, and culture.
The Western HemispherePlayers begin in Chicago, Illinois, in the Western Hemisphere, then travel throughout the hemisphere with the possibility of stopping at over 140 locations. The instruction booklet that accompanied the game when it was sold (which unfortunately does not accompany this example) provided descriptions of each location including some of its history. Places throughout the hemisphere are labeled as well, including states within the United States, colonies in South America, and islands in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific. Lines trace the voyages of discovery undertaken by de la Perouse, Cook, and Vancouver.
The Eastern HemisphereIn the Eastern Hemisphere, players begin off the coast of Ireland and travel through Europe, Asia, and Africa, before ending off the coast of Sierra Leone. Just as with the Western Hemisphere, the instruction book contained historical and other information about locations a player might encounter. Voyages of Discovery are noted throughout, along with European cities and countries, Asian countries, and African kingdoms and colonies.
Publication History and CensusThis game map was published in 1816 by William Darton Jr. We note six examples cataloged in OCLC which are part of the collections at the Library of Congress, Princeton University, Duke University, the State Library of New South Wales, the National Library of Australia, and the State Library of South Australia. We note two examples in private hands.
William Darton (February 2, 1781 - July 28, 1854) was an English publisher and engraver active in Tottenham London during the early part of the 19th century. Darton was the eldest son of William Darton Sr., himself a printer and publisher who co-owned the firm of Harvey and Darton. Darton, a Quaker, was educated at the Friends School in Clerkenwell, London and the Ackworth School in Yorkshire. Afterwards Darton apprenticed to his father where he mastered the part of printing and engraving. Around 1804 Darton opened his own shop, the "Repertory of Genius", specializing in maps, prints, children's books, educational publications, and other "works of merit" at 50 Holborn Hill, London. Cartographically Darton's most significant contribution is his 1823 publication, along with engraver W. R Gardner, of the first composite comparative mountains and rivers chart. Darton also published various maps for the 1802 Atlas to Walker's Geography and his own 1813 Union Atlas. Darton retired in 1851 leaving his business to his son, John Maw Darton, who partnered with Samuel Clark and published as "Darton and Clark". Learn More...
Very good. Dissected and mounted on linen in twenty-four (24) panels. Light soiling and dampstaining.
OCLC 17225930, 179225691.