The Improved Game of Star Authors: Game A and Game B.
by [GAMES]; Irving, Washington; Cooper, James Fenimore; Brontë, Charlotte; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Dickens, Charles; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Alcott, Louisa May; Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Stowe, Harriet Beecher; Twain, Mark; Browning, Elizabeth Barrett;
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1888. Two separate and complete decks of the "improved" Star Authors card game, versions of which had been widely popular in the United States since the 1860s. Pictured authors in the all-male Game A include Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose portrait adorns both game boxes. Game B features cards for Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Brontë, William Makepeace Thackeray, Louisa May Alcott, Robert Burns, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and George Eliot. Players aimed to collect complete sets of a famous author's works by calling for cards from other players. Fascinating artifacts of nineteenth-century literary celebrity, scarce in publisher's decorative boxes. Two complete decks of 36 illustrated playing cards printed in black and sepia, housed in original publisher's boxes with pictorial chromolithographed pictorial labels denoting "Game A" and "Game B." Instruction booklet for Game B present, heavily foxed; lighter foxing and occasional spotting to cards; light wear to boxes.
(Inventory #: 100636)
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