Les Trois Colonnes: by [ARCHITECTURE GAME.]


Les Trois Colonnes: Jeu de Lotto avec un précis des plus beaux monuments de la capitale, et orné de 24 belles gravures. [Paris] : Lith. Junin, circa 1840.

Boxed Game, 24 cards and 1 instruction card (230 x 154 mm), lithographed colour illustrations on blue, green and pink pasteboard cards, upper section of each card bearing a colour illustration of a building, the lower two thirds of each card divided into 8 sections vertically, from the left the columns having number grid, illustrated column, text, number grid, illustrated column, text, number grid, illustrated column, the number grids coloured in yellow, pink, green and blue, the outer columns in green, the central column in white, with the text very small and in italics, the instruction card set out neatly with black text inside a ruled border, scattered foxing and occasional stains to the cards, instruction sheet more heavily foxed, extremities of cards slightly rubbed, occasional marks on the coloured versos, preserved in the original slipcase box with fitted top, green panels with white borders, the front of the box has one of the cards pasted on, with the lower two thirds (the grid) on the main part of the box and the ‘Colonne de Juillet’, landscape scene with monument, on the removable lid, some wear and light staining but generally a very clean set.

A good clean copy of this scarce game of lotto devoted to architecture and the monuments of Paris. Each of the game cards includes an illustration of a well-known Paris building, set against a colourful landscape and accompanied by a textual description. The ‘board’ is then set out on each card in a grid of numbers and blanks which is unique to each card. The instructions sheet mentions 15 jetons, which are not present here, nor in the copy in OCLC. Alongside the grid are the illustrations of three columns and two columns of text giving information about the featured building.
The monuments featured in the game are Le Palais de la Bourse, l’Hôtel des Invalides, l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, l’Observatoire, Notre Dame de Lorette, La Porte Saint-Martin, l’Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, la Porte Saint-Denis, la Fontaine Richelieu, l’Embarcadère des Chemins de fer de Versailles, l’Eglise de la Madeleine, le Panthéon, le Pont du Carrousel, la Place de la Concorde, la Colonne de Juillet, le Palais de Luxembourg, le Palais du Louvre, le Corps législatif, le Palais de Justice, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, l’Hôtel-de-Ville, le Pont Neuf, la Colonne Vendôme and l’Ecole Militaire.

OCLC lists Columbia only.

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