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The Sleeping Beauty Game
The Sleeping Beauty Game. New York: Hetty L. Staveley, 1882.

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The Sleeping Beauty Game is an example of an early American game designed, produced and distributed by an individual, in this case, Hetty L. Staveley.

Contents of the game include a set of round numbered wood markers, a quantity of blank blue counters, and a set of seven hand–made pictorial player disks with Princes on one side and birds or flowers on the backs. As there is no surviving instruction sheet, one can only imagine the exact nature of the game — perhaps a lottery–type game.

Pictured below are illustrations from books about Sleeping Beauty in the Lilly Library.


La Belle au Bois Dormant
"La Belle au Bois Dormant" Charles Perrault. The Histories of Past Times, or, The Tales of Mother Goose: With Morals. London: B. le Francq, 1785.

La Belle au Bois Dormant, or Sleeping Beauty, was based on a Greek Myth, according to Andrew Lang, a noted 19th century mythology and fairy tale scholar.

This illustration, as well as the image of Cendrillion on the previous page, are from an early translation of Perrault's Histoires, ou, Contes du Temps Passé, Avec des Moralitez, originally published in 1679.

Sleeping Beauty
Translated from the German by Lucy Crane and done into pictures by Walter Crane. Household Stories: From the Collection of the Brothers Grimm. New York: R. Worthington, 1883.

"At last he came to the tower and opened the door of the little room where Rosamond lay."

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