TANGRAM. Enigmes Chinoises. 4 pp text. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece, two bound in black and white engraved tangram diagrams plus three loose folded boards with hand-coloured tangram diagrams affixed to both sides for a total of six. Also includes a set of original wooden tangram pieces. 12mo., text, plates and wooden pieces laid in to the publisher's pink printed box. Paris: Chez Grossin, 1817.
An unusually well preserved example of an early nineteenth century French tangram. Tangrams were reputed to have been invented in China during the Song Dynasty, and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century.
A fine set. Rare, OCLC lists copies at Princeton and the Menil Collection.
Item nr. 165759