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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1982,U.4592.1-42

  • Description

    Complete pack of 42 mounted playing-cards for cartomancy with a booklet of instructions, pasted (at the British Museum) into a book with ten pages containing four cards and one page containing two cards.

    Hand-coloured etching, letterpress
    Backs marbled in madder and white (according to Willshire)
    Early 19th Century

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800-1850 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Width: 59 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The letterpress title of the book is "Manière de Tirer Le Petit Oracle Des Dames composé de 42 Cartes et 74 Tableaux. Paris Chez tous les Marchands de Nouveautés"
  • Bibliography

    • Willshire 1876 French 83 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire F.83)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1860 (old BM Library stamp 12 April 1860)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1982,U.4592.1-42

  • Additional IDs

    • 7913.d.4 (Old British Museum Library press mark)
Complete pack of 42 mounted playing-cards for cartomancy with a booklet of instructions, pasted (at the British Museum) into a book with ten pages containing four cards and one page containing two cards.    Hand-coloured etching, letterpress  Backs marble

Complete pack of 42 mounted playing-cards for cartomancy with a booklet of instructions, pasted (at the British Museum) into a book with ten pages containing four cards and one page containing two cards. Hand-coloured etching, letterpress Backs marble

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