Collection of twenty-four hand-colored 19th century lotto or bingo cards detailing the most relevant events from Napoleon's military career, each card with 15 bingo numbers occupying spaces in a large capital letter "N" for Napoleon, the events depicted include the Battle of Marengo, Napoleon with Commander Kléber, the French army riding triumphantly into Verona, distributing Legions of Honor at the camp at Boulogne, Napoleon being crowned Emperor, the entry into Vienna, his second marriage to Marie Louise, the Russian campaign, the siege of Toulon, the Battle of Waterloo, and Napoleon's death, among many others. One card with a few small tears along top edge. Sizes vary very slightly, average 8 or 8-1/2 inches by 4-3/4 or 5 inches. Paper cards, loose as issued. N.p. (Paris?) n.d. (circa 1825-1830).
The game of "lotto" has more in common with what we today think of as bingo than with a modern lottery system. The history of the game can be traced back to 1530 and the invention of an Italian game called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia". The game was introduced to France in the 1770s and Germany in the 1800s. In the 19th century it was often used as a child's educational game to help students learn math, spelling, history, or geography. Book ID: 49075