English verse, lower right margin:
In love and play, we equal Hazard run,
And by pursuing either, are undone:
The difference this — in Play oft we appeal,
In Love our Reason from our Selves Conceal.
French verse, lower left margin:
Ce Jeu doit asccercer l’etude et la Fortune,
L’Amour depend aussi du Hazard et des soins;
Ici quand on a dispute on cherche des Témoins,
Dans d’autres demelés un Tiers nous importune.
[This game must ascend the study and the fortune,
Love also depends on Hazard and care;
Here, when we fight, we look for Witnesses,
In other cases a third party disturbs us.]
Anthony Walker was a British draftsman and engraver working in London. He was listed in a trade directory from 1763 as a “history and architecture designer and engraver.” This engraving is apparently quite uncommon; we were unable to locate any other examples.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Print window mounted in early paper sheet to extend margins.
Maxted, Ian. “The London book trades 1775-1800: a checklist of members.” Exeter Working Papers in Book History. https://bookhistory.blogspot.com/2007/01/london-1735-1775.html#W (13 March 2019).