Document ReferenceMi LM 14
TitleVolume containing descriptions by Francis Willughby (1635-1672) of games and pastimes (Francis Willughby's Book of Games)
Date Of Creation[c.1660-1672]
Extent1 volume, 192 ff
Access ConditionsMicrofilm surrogate available - readers may be required to use the microfilm in the first instance.
Content DescriptionManuscript notes, accompanied by line drawings, describing the manner in which games are played. Includes additional inserted pages of notes by Willughby's friend Philip Skippon. The descriptions cover a wide variety of games including card games ('noddle', cribbage, 'ruffe and trump'), ball games (football, stool-ball), children's games and miscellaneous games requiring special equipment (shuttle-cock, 'scotch hopper', bowls and 'ten pegs or 9 pegs', shovel board etc.). Contributions by Philip Skippon cover hurling, billiards and tennis and are annotated by Willoughby.

Page numbering inaccurate and some pages blank.
Physical DescriptionVellum covered folio volume
Related MaterialSpecial collection comprising a body of literature about the history of games and pastimes (WGC)
Publication NoteReference: David Cram, Jeffrey L Forgeng and Dorothy Johnston, The Book of Games of Francis Willughby (1635-1672). A Seventeenth-century Treatise on Sports, Games and Pastimes (Aldershot, 2003)
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