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Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II

One achievement of the Revolution was the liberation of card makers from reproducing the official standard pattern. “Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” is a French Revolution pack originally printed from woodblocks and coloured with stencils and published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793. The traditional hierarchical royalty have been replaced with new humanist figures including rural activities and philosophers.

Five original cards can be viewed on the Bibliothèque Nationale de France website

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, PET FOL-KH-34 (A, 26).

A facsimile edition titled “Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” was published by Éditions Dusserre in 1988 (see below).

“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of original deck published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1789-1799

Facsimile Edition

“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of original deck published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793 “Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of original deck published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793

Above: “Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II”, facsimile published by Éditions Dusserre in 1988 of original deck published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793. 52 cards + 3 jokers + extra card in box. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

Last Updated September 12, 2017 at 08:58pm

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