Games of John Gilpin, Rainbow Backgammon and Bewildered Travelers

Games of John Gilpin, Rainbow Backgammon and Bewildered Travelers
Title
Games of John Gilpin, Rainbow Backgammon and Bewildered Travelers
Date 
ca. 1875
Medium 
Wood, cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions 
Overall (closed): 2 1/8 x 9 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (5.4 x 23.5 x 46 cm)
Description 
"Games of John Gilpin, Rainbow Backgammon and Bewildered Travelers" board game with a paper instruction booklet and a hinged box that opens like a book with two boards on the interior; on the inerior one side is a grid of red, white, black, gold and green squares with images of houses in the four corners and the other side with a red oval path with blue circles surrounded by rainbow colored triangles; box opens to a circular board divided into eight pie-shaped wedges with images of people with horses in each, corners have images of a horse, a patriot, a woman and a jockey in medallions; side of box lithographed, "GAMES OF JOHN GILPIN/ RAINBOW BACKGAMMON AND BEWILDERED TRAVELERS".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.664
Marks 
lithographed: on the side of the box: "GAMES OF JOHN GILPIN/ RAINBOW BACKGAMMON AND BEWILDERED TRAVELERS".
Gallery Label 
Introduced in the 1870s and popular for more than a decade, folding "bookshelf" games combined three games in one double-sided board and resembled the spine of a book when closed. The game of John Gilpin, based on an 18th-century English poem about the travails of a rider on a runaway horse, features two additional games on the reverse side.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group