This version of the game can be traced back to the court of King Louis XIV in 1687 and an engraving by Claude Auguste Berey of Anne de Rohan-Chabot, Princess of Soubise who is shown posing with the game. The French literary magazine Mercure Galant contains a description of the board in their August 1687 edition, which is the first known reference to the game in print.
The rules are simple. Remove the first marble, and then jump one marble over another into an empty space until you have worked your way down to one marble.
NOTE: CHOKING HAZARD