An extremely rare dissected puzzle by Darton. This puzzle was produced in the early 1800's as a teaching aid. It was crafted for young travellers to gain some knowledge of men in distant parts of the globe.
William Darton set up his own publishing house at 56 Holborn Hill London in 1808.
Dissected puzzles were the forerunners to jigsaws. They were made very simply by placing a picture on a piece of mahjogany and cutting it into shapes. Some of the edge pieces interlock and the middle pieces just push together.
\A rare survivor.