THE PUZZLE MUSEUM LIBRARY

Contains a baffling variety of books, prints, and ephemera.
Here are just a few that illustrate the breadth of the collection.

 

BOOKS

 

BOOKS - ANCIENT

The earliest book (1653) in the English language, on recreational mathematics, which includes puzzles.

Here is a leather puzzle purse

BOOKS - CURIOUS

 

Anagrams in honour of King Charles First.

The curious capitalization of the bottom line has a purpose - It is a Chronogram Puzzle.

The capitals are Roman Numerals. Add them up to arrive at the date of publication 1623.

 
 
Each page has an aphorism on Charles I followed by an anagram of the same.
     

 

 

 
 
There is even a Triple Acrostic
 

BOOKS - ROMANTIC

A Riddle book from the personal Library

of Marie Antoinette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS - REMARKABLE

Thomas Hydes books on oriental Games, Historia Nerdiludii and Historiae Shahilidii, which contains text in Latin, Arabic and Chinese was a great achievement for 1694 and remains a valuable source of information on many aspects of games including Islamic social attitudes to gambling.

 

 

 

 

Lower left is a detail from the Chinese "Game of Mandarin Promotions", one of the earliest precursors of "Snakes & Ladders"

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
         
 

BOOKS HISTORICAL

In which Eduard Lucas first explained the Tower of Hanoi.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Remarkably this volume also belonged to the great English Puzzler - Henry E. Dudeney

 

 

 

 
 

BOOKS - SILLY

 

 

 
 

Not only did this 1980s Spitting Image book contain a rude rebus puzzle, but it also contained a Treasure Hunt puzzle.

It is reported that everyone thought it was just a Joke, so nobody set off to look for the solid gold walnut which represented the President's brain.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

BOOKS in BEAUTIFUL BINDINGS

 

Pictorial

 

 

 
 

Pictorial

 

Cardboard

 
 

Paper

 

 

Silk

 
 

 

Ivory

 

 

Mother of Pearl

 
 

 

 

 
 

The Puzzle Museum also has a remarkable collection of

Puzzle Related Ephemera.

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