The very first jigsaw puzzle is said to have been made by London mapmaker John Spilsbury in the 1760s , there are disputing pieces of evidence against those claims (Norgate, 2007). Jill Shefrin, a rare book librarian and researcher discovered earlier references to dissected maps made by Madame de Beaumont, a French educator and author. These include a December 1759 letter by Mary Delaney, wife of the Dean of Down, to her sister, in which she wrote, “I wish I could tell how to get a set of Madame Beaumont’s wooden maps” as well as a 1762 letter by Caroline Fox to her sister Emily about how her son “learns geography on the Beaumont wooden maps.”

During the early to the  late 19th those were the  favorite educational entertainment for the children and adult , today those are charming artifact of the past .

Litogravure hand colored  30 x 22 , backing present , silk rope on the side , overall good condition with some staining .

Set of 2 Antique Parisian scene Puzzles second Empire 1860 lithogravure