Extremely scarce “Jeu de Géographie” playing cards, one of several educational sets etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
The cards bear personifications of countries or continents, with the four suits representing the four known continents.
Above: “Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
The title card bears a planisphere.
The cards are unsuited but with indices 1 to 10, the court cards are not indexed. All cards are hand coloured on pasteboard. Total 52 cards + title card.
The cards in this set have had borders trimmed and were mounted and bound in Red Morocco leather.