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Antique Playing Cards: A Pictorial History

Over 900 intriguing images from rare decks of playing cards used between the 14th and 20th centuries: Bacchus, death, dancing dogs, players cheating at cards, royal coats of arms, stylized versions of king, queen and other face cards, hunting scenes, much more. Immediately usable graphics for illustrators and a treasury of diverting subjects.

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Edition edition (October 24, 1996)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0486292657

ISBN-13: 978-0486292656

Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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This Treasury of playing cards is sparse on text or history, but there is an abundance of beautiful pages full of playing cards to look at and admire. If you appreciate and admire the artwork of playing cards this is a wonderful book.

Bought this as a gift for my brother--great color and black and white pictures throughout of "old" decks of cards. He loved it.

Antique Playhing Cars: A Pictorial History provided much insight into many eras in past history. It is primarily a picture book so the reader must investigate the deeper meanings and significance of the various selections on their own. There are several pages of black outlines which the reader could copy and enlarge so that adding colors could provide some amusement. The serious historian can research the selection of colors but as for myself, I was content just to examine the cards as they were presented.

Great book. Lots of pictures. Exactly what I was looking for.

I got this as a present for a friend who likes collecting cards and she appreciated it so I gather it has merit. Other than that I can't comment.

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