# 14043

SALA

[ZEPPELIN] Das lenkbare Luftschiff : ein aktuelles Gesellschaft-Spiel

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[Berlin : Sala, c. 1910]. Box of thick card, 410 x 310 x 35 mm, the lid with chromolithographed illustration of an airship and game title in German; containing a chromolithographed playing board, 580 x 790 mm, folding to 290 x 395 mm; 6 painted pewter playing pieces in the form of airships, each approximately 50 x 55 mm, the bases mounted into slits on lithographed card for safe storage, 210 x 150 mm; 6 numbered playing cards, each 67 x 43 mm and denoting the airship owned by each player; 2 dice, one numbered 1 to 6, the other with 6 differently coloured faces, with original gauze bag; 95 circular pieces of embossed card (play money representing coins of various denominations), with original cotton pouch; printed leaflet in Dutch (De bestuurbare Luchtballon), 4 pages folding to 200 x 90 mm; on a section of the back of the playing board a sheet from a 1970s German game has been laid down at some point, but this is not visible when the board is opened, nor when it is folded; otherwise, the game is original, complete and in fine condition.

This beautiful children’s game of commercial aviation in the age of the early Zeppelin airships was produced in Germany by the famous firm of Sala around 1910. It is a roll-and-move race game that features various hazards and disasters, including the most notorious one for the Zeppelins – fire. A number of different language versions, including Dutch, English, Swedish and Hungarian, are known. Rules leaflets would have been interchangeable for each edition: the Dutch rules leaflet that accompanies the present example is of the period, and was in all likelihood used by the original Dutch owner of the game, even though the box and playing board are printed in German.

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