A closer look at William Taunton’s cover for “Rules & Directions for Playing the New & Fashionable Game of Zetema” — thanks to Mike Goodall for information and ideas . . .

Below — thanks to Mike Goodall — is shown a black-and-white image of the front cover of Rules & Directions for Playing the New & Fashionable Game of Zetema.  After that is shown a black-and-white image of the front cover of The Game of “Ace Major,” as published by Goodall.  That image is also thanks to Mike Goodall.

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To me the evidence is quite strong that both of the covers shown above were designed by the same person.  (That statement is subject to various caveats, but in a day-to-day way, I think they were designed by the same person, especially since there does not appear to be any evidence to the contrary.)  And, similarly, in light of other known evidence regarding Taunton’s activities and style, it is pretty certain that they both were designed by William Taunton (Walter Pelham).

As Mike Goodall has pointed out in his article on Taunton, both of the covers shown above have an “L” of a distinctive style.  Also, the “G” (in “Game”) on the top cover is highly unusual (like a spiral), but similar to the “G” (in “Goodall”) on the other cover.  Likewise, both have ampersands on which the top is flat.  Also, each cover includes a distinctive “J.”  There are probably other lettering similarities, but those are among the principal ones.  Other aspects of the two designs also appear consistent with them having been created by the same artist.

—Tom Sawyer

January 26, 2013

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