19th century lotto and checkers game comprised of: a folding lithographed gameboard with checkerboard center and printed rules in two flanking columns of text; 24 individual bingo-style lotto boards in four colored sets of six boards each, the blank spaces having been hand-colored; 19 black painted wooden checker-style discs and 20 unpainted wooden discs; and a small drawstring cloth bag containing 89 small wooden discs with engraved and painted numbers and 14 small cut glass markers. 8vo. Game housed in original stiff cardboard box with decorative paper covering and hand-colored chromolithographed illustration to lid depicting a group of children taking part in various games and playful activities, including depictions of lotto and checkers. Box approximately 6-1/8 x 8-5/8 x 2 inches. Overall good condition, some slight toning, foxing, and soiling to game board, wear to corners; expected usage wear to lotto boards and numeric tokens; some soiling, staining, and edgewear to box and paper covering. N.p. (likely France) n.d. (circa 1870s-1890s).
The history of the lotto game (akin to modern bingo) dates back to Italy in the mid-1500s. "Lo Giuoco del Lotto" was immensely popular, and made its way to France in the late 1770s. In France, the individual numbered cards took the 3x9 format seen in this edition, with four free spaces per row. Numbered tokens were drawn from a small sack, and the first person to cover a complete horizontal row was the winner. This game is an interesting version a very popular Belle Epoque game, being housed together with a game of checkers in a single box. As of February 2020, WorldCat does not locate any holdings of a game by this title.
Book ID: 50598