19th century German Tangram-style game, comprised of 14 small geometric tiles, 15 colorful cards with various images to construct out of the tiles, 15 corresponding answer sheet cards showing the solutions to the puzzles, and 4-page instructional brochure. Some slight foxing and soiling to some of the puzzle cards and the instructional sheet, answer cards in original tissue paper wrapping. Game housed in original decorative cardboard box, with Chinese-style chromolithographed imagery and geometric border. Box size approximately 6-1/8 x 9 x 1 inches. Box lid missing a section of gold paper trim, some very minor soiling and fading, overally very good. N.p. (Germany) (Schulze?) n.d. (late 19th century).
Tangrams date back to the Song Dynasty in China, a period which lasted from 960 to 1279. The concept was brought over to Europe via trading ships in the early 19th century. There were a large number of tangram books published in Germany from 1818 to 1820. A second craze happened in Germany around the 1890s, when industrialist Friedrich Adolf Richter produced sets of stone tangrams which he sold under the name "The Anchor Puzzle." Another resurgence of interest came in these puzzles following the First World War. This is a beautiful 19th century set, with 150 interesting puzzles to solve, 10 per card. The puzzle images, each captioned with a title, include a key, a coffeepot, a sword, a lantern, a windmill, a church, a ship, a minuet dancer, Dr. Faust, Don Quixote, a giraffe, a swan, an elephant, a lily, and many others. Very rare; as of September 2019, we could not find this game listed on WorldCat. Book ID: 50224