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Jeu des Exercices Militaires de l'Infanterie Française et des Manoeuvres du Canon 
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primo autore: Basset 
secondo autore: Basset 
anno: 1780 
luogo: Francia-Parigi 
periodo: XVIII secolo (4°/4) 
percorso: Percorso di 63 caselle numerate 
materiale: carta (paper) (papier) 
dimensioni: 450X585 
stampa: Acquaforte (taille-douce) (ecthing)  
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data acquisto:  
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numero caselle: 63 
categoria: Militaria (guerre, armi e soldati) 
tipo di gioco: Gioco oca variante  
editore: Basset Parigi 
stampatore: A Paris Chez Basset, Rue St.Jacques N°64 
proprietario: Collezione A. Seville 
autore delle foto: A. Seville 
numero di catalogo: 645 
descrizione: Gioco di 63 caselle numerate, spirale (rettangolare), antiorario, centripeto, con soggetto militare.
REGOLE: al centro.
CASELLE: con didascalia.

REFERENZA 1
(D'Allemagne, pag. 221): "Jeu des exercices militaires de l'infanterie française et des manoeuvres du canon. Paris, Basset (v.1780). Taille-douce 45x58,5. Jeu rectangulaire représentant divers mouvements du fantassin et manoeuvres du canon.
Meme jeu, Montpellier, Fontanel (1792)."


REFERENZA 2
JEU DES EXERCICES MILITAIRES DE L’INFANTERIE FRANCAISE ET DES MANOEUVRES DU CANON. Paris: Basset, [c. 1780]. Copper engraving with original hand color and later amendments, 46 x 59 cm.
Refs.: Ciompi/Seville 0654; D’Allemagne, p. 221.
Thematic games of 63 spaces (or almost) always have some relationship to the classical Game of the Goose. In this example, the goose-doubling rule applies but (as is not uncommon in French thematic games) there is only one series of such spaces: on 9, 18, 27 ... The hazards follow classical Goose quite closely, though they are labelled differently. The “bridge” at space 6 is represented by a none-too-obvious attack on a bridge visible in the background, though the space is labelled Le pas d'école [a measured pace of march]; at space 19 the normal inn becomes a military hospital; at space 31 the well becomes the Chamber of Discipline (Military Court); at the labyrinth space 42 there is a picquet—a stake in the ground to which a soldier could be tied as a field punishment; at 52 there is a military prison; while the death space at 58, which has the usual ”start again” rule, shows a Council of War, presumably because such a meeting often results in a complete change of plan. Originally, the winning space (labelled Military Award) showed the insignia of the Order of St Louis, surrounded by its motto, bellicae virtutis praemium, [the reward of valour in war]. This order was created by Louis XIV in 1693 and was reserved for French Catholic officers who had served at least 10 years in the army. Though the motto remains visible, the royal badge of the order has been scratched out in pen and the red, white and blue colors of the Revolution have been added as a medal ribbon, an action both politically correct and very wise in post-revolutionary France! A later edition (not in the exhibition) shows instead a medal ceremony with no royal overtones. This two-dice game is typical of the fine large-format copper engravings produced for the top map- and print-sellers in France. It was probably intended to encourage recruitment into the army from the young aristocratic cadet class.
(Adrian Seville)

Exhibitions:
- "The Royal Game of the Goose four hundred years of printed Board Games". Exhibition at the Grolier Club, February 23 - May 14, 2016 (Prof. Adrian Seville).

bibliografia: 1) GIRARD, Alain R.- QUETEL, Claude: "L’histoire de France racontée par le jeu de l’oie", Ed. Balland-Massin Parigi 1982.
2) MILANO, Alberto: "Imagerie Parisienne. Basset, tra XVIII e XIX secolo". "Charta" Anno 17 n.100, novembre-dicembre 2008.
3) GRAND-CARTERET, John: "Les jeux d'oie". In "Vieux papiers, vieilles images. Cartons d’un Collectionneur", Le Vasseur&C.ie Parigi (pp. 257-276).
4) SEVILLE, Adrian: "The Royal Game of the Goose four hundred years of printed Board Games". Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Grolier Club, February 23 - May 14, 2016.

 
  L'Ancien Régime (Girard&Quetel)
 
  Imagerie Parisienne Basset, tra XVIII e XIX secolo (Alberto Milano)
 
 
   

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