Laurie’s New and Entertaining Game of Goose, Game, 1831
The Game of the Goose originated in Italy and is regarded
as the father of the modern race game. It was probably based on
earlier games from the Far and Middle East but the first
mention of it is as a gift sent by Francesco de' Medici, Grand
Duke of Florence (1574-1587) to King Philip II of Spain.
The game was called Gioco dell'Oca and it introduced the
new element ofthemes and illustrations into a board game.
The game has remained remarkably consistent
in all its variations over the years.
A French Version of a 'Jeu de l'oie'