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print / playing-card

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1982,U.4637.1-32

  • Description

    A sequence of 32 playing-cards bound (at the British Museum) as a small book, having on them emblematic designs of various character, and below moral apophthegms to which the designs have reference. Each piece has a number at the upper left-hand corner answering to certain explanatory and descriptive tables given in a book of directions which accompanies the cards. The title page of this book of 31 pages bears the following lettered inscription: "Les Amusements des Allemands, or The Diversions of the Court of Vienna, in which the Mystery of Fortune-Telling from the Grounds of the Coffee-Cup is unravelled, and Three pleasant Games, viz.: 1. Fortune-telling from the Grounds of the Coffee-Cup. 2. Fortune-telling by laying out the cards. 3. The new Imperial Game of numbers are invented", and "London: Printed for Champante and Whitrow, Jewry-Street, Aldgate, and may be had at every Booksellers and Toy Shop in the Kingdom, 1796."

    Engraving and letterpress
    Backs plain (according to Willshire)
    1796

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 98 millimetres
    • Width: 72 millimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Willshire 1876 English 215 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Playing-cards Willshire E.215)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1796-1875 (Old BM Library stamp)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1982,U.4637.1-32

  • Additional IDs

    • 7913.aaa (old British Museum Library press mark)

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