“The Dreyfus Affair and the Truth” – Pro-Dreyfus Board Game – France, Late 19th Century


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"The Dreyfus Affair and the Truth" – Pro-Dreyfus Board Game – France, Late 19th Century
Jeu d'laffaire dreyfus et de la verité [The Game of the Dreyfus Affair and the Truth]. [Sceaux]: E. Charaire, [1898?].
A pro-Dreyfus board game that was enclosed with an issue of the L'Aurore newspaper, the liberal newspaper that published Émile Zola's famous open letter "J'Accuse".
The 63 spaces depict various events and personalities related to the Dreyfus Affair, including Ferdinand Esterhazy, Émile Zola, the editor of L'Aurore and many others. The objective of the game is to get to the truth, which is represented as a young woman rising out of a well, a figure depicted also in several of the game's stations. This image was popular in turn-of-the-century France and is based on an aphorism by Greek philosopher Democritus, "Of truth we know nothing, for truth is in a well".
Approx. 45.5X62.5 cm.


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