Centsprent: Jeu de l’oie / Ganzenspel. No. 44.
Print of the Game of Goose (ganzenbord), one of the most popular games in Dutch history. It probably originated from Italy in the sixteenth century, and the first Dutch edition was printed in 1640 in Amsterdam by Claes Jansz. Visscher. The journey over the board from number 1 to 63 stands for the journey through life, which can take unexpected turns, misfortune being symbolised by the well, prison and death, and fortune by the geese, that allow players to move forward a second time.Schaarbeek, Hemeleers & Van Houter (1827 - 1894), numbered ‘44’ in the upper right corner.l Woodcut illustration in border (260 x 350 mm) on paper; hand coloured in yellow, red and blue; text under image in letterpress; total: 335 x 385 mm; reinforced with tape on verso, slightly darkened top and bottom margin.Meyer p. 163, Boerma p. 759 (Hemeleers 44).
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