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Das Spiel der Hofnung

  • Object type

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  • Title (series)

    • Das Spiel der Hofnung
  • Description

    Cards with French suits: a complete pack of 36 playing-cards in a pale blue cardboard case, with printed label on the outside: 'Das Spiel der Hofnung, mit einer neuen illum. Figurenkarte. Neue Auflage. / Le Jeu de l'Esperance, accompagné d'un jeu de cartes a figures.'
    Hand-coloured etchings with plain backs


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800-1850 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 66 millimetres
    • Width: 50 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The cardboard case bears the title of the game and the address "Nürnberg, zu finden bei G.P.J. Bieling", and contains a sheet of printed instructions in German.
  • Curator's comments

    Complete pack in which the lower part of each card is occupied by a fancy vignette, and the upper by a running number and two miniature cards, one showing the value in French suit-marks, the other giving a German equivalent. The set contains a printed leaflet (4pp) describing the game: 'Das Spiel der Hofnung, mit einer neuen Figurenkarte von 36 illumin. Blättern.....Nürnberg, zu finden bei G.P.J.Bieling.'


  • Bibliography

    • Schreiber German 192 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Playing-cards Schreiber G.192

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Cards with French suits: complete pack of 36 playing-cards: "Das Spiel der Hofning--Le Jeu de l'Esperance"
Hand-coloured etching
Backs plain
In cardboard case

Cards with French suits: complete pack of 36 playing-cards: "Das Spiel der Hofning--Le Jeu de l'Esperance" Hand-coloured etching Backs plain In cardboard case

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