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Wherever there is freedom of expression books, articles and other literary sources such as adventure stories, folk tales, historical or scientific literature have all been inspiration for artists, including designers of playing cards and educational games.

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Aesop’s Fables 1759

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759.

Agatha Christie Playing Cards 2004

Agatha Christie Playing Cards

Agatha Christie playing cards produced by Planet Three Collection, United Kingdom, c. 2004.

Alessandro Manzoni Centenary 1973

Alessandro Manzoni Centenary

Issued to mark the centenary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, one of Italy’s greatest writers.

Alice in Wonderland (Thomas De la Rue version) 1900

Alice in Wonderland (Thomas De la Rue version)

Alice in Wonderland card game based on original designs by Sir John Tenniel published by Thomas De la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1900

Alice in Wonderland by Cultzilla 2016

Alice in Wonderland by Cultzilla

Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards by Cultzilla.

Alice in Wonderland by Dominic Murphy

Alice in Wonderland by Dominic Murphy

Alice in Wonderland playing cards produced by Dominic Murphy.

Alice in Wonderland by Jesús Blasco 2003

Alice in Wonderland by Jesús Blasco

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Alice in Wonderland by Prospero Art 2008

Alice in Wonderland by Prospero Art

Alice in Wonderland deck published by Prospero Art, USA, 2008.

Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski 2018

Alice in Wonderland by Sasha Dounaevski

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.

Alice in Wonderland Snap 1925

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.

Alice in Wonderland: we’re all mad here 2020

Alice in Wonderland: we’re all mad here

Alice in Wonderland themed playing cards, UK, 2020.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 1999

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, 1999.

Arthurian by Kings Wild Project 2017

Arthurian by Kings Wild Project

Arthurian Playing Cards by Kings Wild Project, a luxury playing card deck designed by Jackson Robinson, inspired by the myths and legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Authors 1951

Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Æsop’s Fables tarot 1800

Æsop’s Fables tarot

French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.

Baraja El Quijote 1981

Baraja El Quijote

Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981.

Baraja Literaria 2002

Baraja Literaria

“Baraja Literaria” Spanish pack with cartoons by Serafín, published by Asescoin and manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2002.

Baudelaire playing card collection 2004

Baudelaire playing card collection

Baudelaire playing card collection illustrated by Alméry Lobel-Riche and published by Lo Scarabeo in 2004.

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy 1985

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985.

Biggles 1955

Biggles

Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns.