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Jeu Grotesque

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800 featuring satirical and comic caricatures with enormous heads designed to excite laughter as well as for playing card games. Each card has a miniature playing card in the upper left-hand corner. The 12 court cards are actually double-ended with a different picture each way, whilst the numeral cards (A, 7, 8, 9 and 10) are caricatures of Janus figures. The original cards each measure 10.8 x 6.8 cm.

Jeu Grotesque published by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, 1977

Above: facsimile published by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, limited edition of 999 copies, 1977.

Jeu Grotesque published by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, 1977

Miniature Version

miniature version of Jeu Grotesque published by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, 1977

Above: miniature uncut version of Jeu Grotesque published by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, 1977. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

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