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The World In Play: Luxury Cards 1430-1540

With their images of princely hunts, opulent costumes, and a cast of characters ranging from royals to commoners, each of the playing cards in this engaging volume is a unique work of art that reflects a period of tumultuous social, artistic, economic, and religious change. The only study of its kind in English, this book features the most important luxury decks of hand-painted European playing cards to have survived from the late Middle Ages, plus a selection of exceptional hand-colored woodblock cards, engraved cards, and tarot packs. Each of these cards has a fascinating story to tell; collectively, they conjure up the courtly culture and customs of the day, and chart the transition from late medieval to early modern Europe.

Paperback: 136 pages

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (February 16, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1588396088

ISBN-13: 978-1588396082

Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Beautifully illustrated book with interesting text.

Images of cards were blown up so the details were easy to see and investigate. Beautiful collection of images on quality/durable paper.

This book is a precious and scholarly window into the medieval world. The color plates are exquisite.

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