Paris: Imp. Jouet & Brillard, ca. 1928. Five chromolithographed jigsaw puzzle pictures, each ca. 24x34 cm (9 ½ x 13 ¼ in), each dissected into twelve pieces and mounted on wood. Each puzzle with printed caption, artist’s signature and the name of typography on the lower margin. With five chromolithographs of the same size showing the puzzles when put together. All housed in the original card box with a chromolithographed scene from the novel and a general title on the lid. One of the chromolithographs with a repaired tear, the lid with a minor split of a joint, but overall a very good set of the jigsaw puzzles in very original condition.
Rare well preserved set of five puzzles for children based on the famous novel by Jules Verne “Around the World in 80 Days” first published in 1872. As fast global circumnavigation had became possible after the opening of the Suez Canal (1869) and the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States, “Around the World in 80 Days” became a favourite children’s book of the late 19th century and one of Verne’s most acclaimed works. The book retained its popularity in the 20th century and became the basis of numerous theatre shows, movies, board and video games. Starting from 1889 there were several attempts to repeat Phileas Fogg’s circumnavigation, including those by Michael Palin in 1988, and British celebrities for the BBC “Children in Need” charity (2009).
The set includes five puzzles, titled:
1. Le club des excentriques. Le pari (chapter 3). - 2. L'arrivée du Mongolia et de Passepartout. Le détective Fix (showing the Suez Canal, chapter 7). - 3. La pagode de Pillaji. Le sacrifice (sacrifice of Aouda, an Indian widow in the village of Pillaji, between Bombay and Allahabad, chapter 13). - 4. Bar à San-Francisco où Fix grise Passepartout (chapter 25). - 5. L'Henrietta à toute vapeur sur Liverpool (chapter 33).
The chromolithographed scene on the lid depicts the attack on the train where the travellers ride, by the Sioux Indians near Fort Kearney, Nebraska (chapter 29). Curiously, the puzzles show the heroes dressed according to the 19th century fashion, but Aouda, an Indian princess saved by Phileas Fogg from being sacrificed during the sati ceremony in chapter 13, is shown on the last puzzle in a typical outfit of the 1920s, with a shorter skirt, a smaller hat and marcel waves hairstyle. Overall a beautiful rare well-preserved set of this popular children’s game.
Price: $850.00 USD