John Wallis. Wallis's complete voyage round the world...London, 1796.

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John Wallis

Wallis's complete voyage round the world: A new geographical pastime.

London: by John Wallis, 1796

Hand-colored engraved double-hemisphere world map with letterpress rules and directions beneath (letterpress imprint: 'London: for E. Wallis, 42, Skinner Street, Snow Hill. By T. Davis, 102 Minories'), dissected and backed on linen (489 x 625mm.), slightly soiled and stained, a little wear along folds and edges slightly affecting text, short tear into one panel of text affecting a few letters.

A scarce educational geographical board game with a world map.

The rules state the game is played by 2-3 players, the winner being the first person to travel around the world from Portsmouth to London.

The destinations around the world include brief descriptions and sometimes forfeits; Constantinople ("ancient Byzantium, the capital of the Turkish empire"), Rome ("the capital of the Pope's dominions here in Italy; here was the seat of the Roman emperors, and here the traveller must stay one turn to view its antiquities"), Cairo ("the capital of Egypt. Stay one turn to view the famous pyramids"), Mecca ("the capital of all Arabia. Stay here one turn see the grand Mosque, which is esteemed the most magnificent structure in the Turkish dominions"), Port Jackson, or Botany Bay [Australia] ("situated on the east coast of New Holland; to this place the convicts are sent from England. Here the traveller must stay two turns to view this new colony"), New York ("capital of one of the United States of the same name"), California ("a peninsula of North America, on the South Sea. Sir Francis Drake visited this place in 1578, who called it New Albion"), Magellan Straits ("Here the traveller is shipwrecked, and thereby loses his chance of the game"), Cook's ne plus ultra ("Capt. Cook being prevented sailing further south by immense fields of ice").

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