Large folding color lithograph by the caricaturist Bruno, depicting an anti-Masonry and anti-Semitic game-of-the-goose-style board game illustrated with forty-four squares total (1-33, I through V, and A through F), depicting assorted cartoons and caricatures including imagery from Freemasonry, political cartoons, and representations of important figures in French politics at the turn of the century such as Émile Combes, Louis André, Emile Combes, Théophile Delcassé, and Joseph Reinach, the rules at lower left corner of the lithograph. Light creasing along original folds, very small area of wear and staining along bottom edge. Folded size large 8vo. (23.7 x 19 cm), sheet size large folio (69.9 x 55 cm). Rare original printed wrpps. Extremely minor browning and foxing. Paris (André Denys) 1905.
The title "Jeu de la Casserole" comes from the "Affaire des Casseroles", also known as the "Affiare des Fiches", a political scandal in France in which it was discovered that General Louis André, the anticlerical War Minister under Prime Minister Combes, was determining promotions based on religious behavior by using Freemasons to spy on officers. André assembled a huge card index (fiches) on various public officials, detailing who was Catholic and who attended Mass, to attempt to prevent their promotions. Both André and Combes were Freemasons. Following this scandal, Combes was forced to resign in January 1905.
The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that divided the Third French Republic from 1894 until its resolution in 1906, with the pro-Army primarily Catholic "anti-Dreyfusards" on one side and the pro-republican Dreyfusards on the other. It remains today one of the most notable examples of wrongful conviction, with notable influence coming from the press and public opinion. This game is a testament to the violent anti-Semitism that was increased during the time of and because of the Dreyfus Affair.
Incredibly scarce; as of March 2020, WorldCat does not locate a single holding in a North American library, although we are aware of one institutional holding in the United States.
Book ID: 50669