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[Fortune-telling game, 178-?]
- 1 v. (26 p.) ; 33 cm.
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Copybook, containing the pieces and instructions for a fortune-telling parlor game. Includes cloth bag, numbered "4," holding cardboard squares with Roman numerals; the rules of the game ("Explanation," p. 2), a chart of twenty-one numbered questions, a table of celestial bodies, and a list of more than 300 possible answers, in verse.
The questions are arranged under the headings "Masculine" ("Shall I be successful in my Amours?"), Feminine ("How do the Men like me?") and "Epicene" ("How many children of both sexes shall I have?"). A player was to choose a question, remember its number, select a numberfrom the cloth bag, and use both numbers to find the answer under the indicated planet or constellation ("Be content with Dogs and Cats / For you will ne'er have HumanBrats").
The game's creator(s) may have left it uncompleted: the instructions say to draw a number "out of one of the Bags,on the Cover," but there is only one bag; and there are many blank spaces in the list of answers.
Controlled Access Terms
- Amusements -- Great Britain -- 18th century.
- Fortune-telling -- Great Britain.
- Indoor games.
- Games -- Great Britain -- 18th century.
Additional Creator Name
- p1pc Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle: Manuscripts, 1772-1925 (CStRLIN)NYPW03-A5