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Ivanhoe. A Social Game
Ivanhoe. A Social Game. Salem: Geo. S. Parker and Co., 1886.

In the mid–1880's, as George S. Parker became more successful, he began to publish catalogs of the games he printed and sold around Massachusetts. Ivanhoe. A Social Game and The Dickens Game are two early examples of "tie–in" merchandising, linking popular literary characters and books with card and parlor games.

Ivanhoe, a romantic novel set in 12th century England, was an example of 19th century popular literature that created a revival of interest in the middle ages.

Ivanhoe Game - Robin Hood cards

The legendary characters Locksley, better known as Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and King Richard the Lion–Hearted make appearances in the book, as well.

Ivanhoe Game - Ivanhoe card
Ivanhoe Game - Cedric card


Ivanhoe frontispiece
Ivanhoe title page
Sir Walter Scott, illustrated by Allen Lewis. Ivanhoe, A Romance. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1940.

Robin Hood cover
Paul Creswick, illustrated by N. C. Wyeth. Robin Hood. Philadelphia: D. McKay, 1917.

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