Neuchâtel: Delachaux & Niestlé, circa 1910. Complete set of eighty playing cards, each measuring 4.5 x 2.75 inches. Each card printed in gold, red, and black, featuring a portrait of a French poet, birth and death dates, and a quoted verse; versos uniformly patterned. Housed with original instruction card in publisher’s stiff card box, pale grey silk ribbon pulls, pastedown pictorial label featuring Victor Hugo. Light rubbing to box.
Complete set of this literary “jeu des familles,” in which players attempt to reunite “families” of notable French poets. The twenty poets featured are Corneille (1606-1684), La Fontaine (1621-1695), Molière (1622-1673), Racine (1639-1699), Béranger (1780-1857), Lamartine (1790-1869), Vigny (1797-1863), Victor Hugo (1802-1885), Juste Olivier (1807-1876), Alfred de Musset (1810-1857), Leconte de Lisle (1820-1894), Madame de Pressensé (1826-1901), Marc Monnier (1829-1885), Eugène Rambert (1830-1886), André Theuriet (1833-1908), Armand Sully-Prudhomme (1839-1908), François Coppée (1842-1908), Henry Warnery (1859-1902), Alice de Chambrier (1861-1882), and Philippe Godet, the only poet still living at the time of this game’s publication. A bright near-fine example, housed in the original publisher’s box.