Punchinello-graphy of England by John M. Wauthier - 1808.
"In this beautifully engraved game, each English or Welsh county is represented by a grotesque portrait of a character from history, literature or folklore; a numbered list appears in the left hand margin. Counters with these characters’ names (which may have been printed, or may have been handwritten, but are not present here) were picked from a bag. The player then had to name the county and repeat the list of principal towns given in the rules. Failure gave other players the chance to complete the list and win the token. The rules suggest awarding ‘some present’ to the winner, to ‘awaken emulation’ in the breast of the other pupils. With the exception of Tom Thumb, who represents Rutland (England’s smallest county) there is no obvious connection between the characters and the locations: Cardinal Wolsey has no obvious connection with Radnor, the demonised radical MP John Wilkes none with Gloucestershire and I can think of nothing which links Joan of Arc with Yorkshire. Some historical figures would have figured more prominently in popular culture than now: ‘Obi, or 3 Finger’d Jack’, or Jack Mansong, led a slave revolt in 1770s Jamaica and featured in plays, novels and broadsides. King Lear is drawn from Shakespeare, Squire Weston and Parson Thwackum from Fielding and Sir Fretful Plagiary from Sherridan. Surprisingly, perhaps, none of these characters are described in the rules, and learning about them is not part of the game. Percy Muir cites the game as an example of the ‘more lively titles’ which began to appear in the early 19th century, promising ‘something more palatable to juvenile taste’. - Tim Bryars, 2020