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World of Playing Cards Downloads

World of Playing Cards Downloads

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"A Moorish Sheet of Playing-Cards" by Simon Wintle. Article about the introduction of playing-cards into Europe. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (400 Kb. PDF).

"Ernesto Flaiban: playing-card manufacturer in Buenos Aires (1936-70)" by Simon Wintle & Diego Flaiban. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (2 MB PDF).

"Shipman's Guide: early card packs and the arcana" by Diane O'Donovan. Article about the pack of playing-cards. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (60 Kb. PDF).

"Michael Scot's rebus figure of 'Juppiter' as prototype for the tarot pack's Magus/Bateleur" by Diane O'Donovan. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (42 Kb. PDF).

"The place of The Fool" by Diane O'Donovan. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (1.5 Mb. PDF).

"Playing Card Art Collectors Extraordinaire" by Rod Starling. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (622 Kb. PDF).

"Some Facts About Facsimiles" by Rod Starling. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (962 Kb. PDF).

"Something New and Topical" by Rod Starling. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (1 Mb. PDF).

"Tales From the Stage" by Rod Starling. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (300 Kb. PDF).

"Shuffling Along With History" by Rod Starling. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (2 Mb. PDF).

"Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history" by Tony Hall. Download as Adobe Acrobat file (330 Kb. PDF).


Tarot cards by Nicolas Bodet (1743-1751). An early example of the "Rouen/Brussels" Latin-suited tarot, probably the earliest we know actually made in Brussels (466 Kb JPG).

Livre du Destin or Book of Fate nineteenth century Cartomancy deck, with titles in French and English, published by Chartier-Marteau & Boudin and printed by B.P. Grimaud, Paris, c.1890. 32 cards. Download entire deck (21 MB) as large size images, suitable for desk-top publishing into hand-made deck. Images courtesy Gilles Daigle.


JSTOR (www.jstor.org) provides a growing number of articles about playing cards which can be freely downloaded without having a full account. A selection is listed below but you can go directly to the site and search for yourself.

"Cards as Psychological Apparatus" by Linus W. Kline and Chester E. Kellogg, 1914

"Educational Playing Cards of the Eighteenth Century" by Mrs. Cornelius Stevenson, 1913

"Exhibit of Games in the Columbian Exposition" by Stewart Culin, 1893

"Playing Cards from Japan", 1891

"The Magic Cards" by C. I. Bailey, 1878


O’Donoghue, Freeman M: Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1901 [digital version here]

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Last Updated January 26, 2016 at 10:39am

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