A delightful 19th century children's game based on Daniel Defoe's classic book Robinson Crusoe. This game entitled "Robinson Crusoe and His Man Friday" has 28 of the original 30 cards (cards are 2.25x3.25 inches) each with etched, hand-colored images of Robinson Crusoe, his man Friday and a host of plant life, animals and objects that might be found on Crusoe's island. The cards are in fine condition, showing just a hint of age.
Research dates this game to 1845. It is published by Crosby & Nichols, Boston. The set is enclosed in the original decorative paper slip box with gilt titling and an illustration of Robinson Crusoe on the front (a previous owner wrote their name in ink on the box). Certainly this is one of the earlier examples of a product spin off from a book. Wonderful for its history, the early dating of the game, its connection to Robinson Crusoe and the excellent artwork on the cards. The only auction record I can find is for a complete set of this game that sold in 2007 for $537. It is rare, even in this state.