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Published June 02, 2023 Updated June 02, 2023

Des Quatre Parties du Monde

Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.

1880 Belgium Daveluy Geography Add to Collection

The "Four Corners of the World" theme became popular in the 19th century due to increased exploration with explorers like James Cook, colonial expansion with trading posts in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, plus growing interest in exotic cultures and distant lands. The concept embodied the idea of exploring the farthest reaches of the globe, perhaps in a hot-air balloon, which appealed to the Romantic imagination.

Also International exhibitions and world fairs, such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago showcased cultures of different nations and awakened public interest and, of course, this stimulated tourism. In this pack by Daveluy coins represent Asia, cups Africa, swords represent Europe and clubs America.

Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880

Above: Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880. 48 cards; colour lithography; square corners; 9.1 x 5.6 cm. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France • Jeu de cartes au portrait espagnol de fantaisie, dit “des Quatre parties du monde”

A similar pack was published about 1880 by Fulladosa y Comp of Barcelona, Spain

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