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A recent post about how chess would have been received if it had been published in 2013 got me thinking about the prevalence of abstract games before, say 1800 (this is a pretty arbitrary date, and I could have probably even said 1900, but let's just go with it).
Click Adv. Search at the top of the page, and type 1800 in the second box next to Year Published Range, then click Submit. That gives you every game in the database dated 1800 or earlier, and yields 207 hits - barely over two pages.