Edward Wallis - Sybilline Leaves, about 1819-1823

Edward Wallis (active London, mid 19th century)

Sybilline Leaves, or, Detector of the Thoughts : A New Puzzle, about 1819-1823

Printed ink on paper , 13.6 x 10 x 0.4 cm (5 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

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(active London, mid 19th century)

Object details

Accession number

v.2.b.4.30

Primary Creator

Edward Wallis (active London, mid 19th century)

Full title

Sybilline Leaves, or, Detector of the Thoughts : A New Puzzle

Creation Date

about 1819-1823

Language

English

Publication Place

London

Description

1 vol., [1] 6 p., illus.; 14 cm.

Provenance


Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection at an unknown date.

Dimensions

13.6 x 10 x 0.4 cm (5 3/8 x 3 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

Display Media

Printed ink on paper

Web Commentary

This game with six cards holds numerous symbols to be puzzled over in the manner of the wizard-like “Detector,” who is surrounded by Masonic symbols on the game’s cover. Isabella Stewart Gardner saved a number of books and other items from her childhood as well as those of her three nephews. The well-worn appearance of the cards suggests heavy usage, perhaps by her three imaginative boys, or perhaps by Gardner herself—a spirited competitor who enjoyed challenging games as a youth and as an adult.

Permanent Gallery Location

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Commentary

This game with six cards holds numerous symbols to be puzzled over in the manner of the wizard-like “Detector,” who is surrounded by Masonic symbols on the game’s cover. Isabella Stewart Gardner saved a number of books and other items from her childhood as well as those of her three nephews. The well-worn appearance of the cards suggests heavy usage, perhaps by her three imaginative boys, or perhaps by Gardner herself—a spirited competitor who enjoyed challenging games as a youth and as an adult.