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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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Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards

Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards

Fernando Pessoa & Co playing cards - Lisbon

Game of Thrones 2016

Game of Thrones

“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.

Gibert Jeune 1971

Gibert Jeune

Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge 1979

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge

Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck.

Gulliver’s Travels 1950

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.

Harry Potter 2001

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Spanish-suited deck made in Argentina, c.2001.

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire 2005

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.

Hogwarts 2016


Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.

Hoyle and his Legacy 1742

Hoyle and his Legacy

Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) was an English writer who made his name by writing on whist and a selection of other games.

Hoyle v Foster: whose name should we remember?

Hoyle v Foster: whose name should we remember?

Hoyle’s name is associated with the rules by which many games are played, particularly card games But If anyone deserves to be regarded as the source of standard rules for most card games today it is not Hoyle but Robert Frederick Foster (1853-1945).

Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards 2007

Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards

“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007.

Jane Austen playing cards 2013

Jane Austen playing cards

Jane Austen playing cards published by Prospero Art, USA, 2013.

Jeu de cartes abécédaire 1840

Jeu de cartes abécédaire

An educational card game designed by F. Séré and published by Lithographie Musicale de Boboeuf, Paris 1840.

Jonathan Swift and his World 2017

Jonathan Swift and his World

“Jonathan Swift and his World” playing cards designed by Dan Sperrin and produced by David Westnedge Ltd. 2017.

Just William 1952

Just William

Just William, drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952.

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras 1900

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.

Le Avventure di Pinocchio 1980

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

Les Grands Ecrivains 1970

Les Grands Ecrivains

‘Les Grands Ecrivains’ produced for members of “Le Grand Livre du Mois”, France, c. 1970.

Les Mousquetaires Playing Cards 1860

Les Mousquetaires Playing Cards

depicting characters from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Library Lovers 2016

Library Lovers

Library Lovers playing cards published by Word Nerd Games, 2016.