This article was originally published in “The Playing-Card”, the Journal of the International Playing-Card Society (London), Volume XV, No.4, May 1987.
40-card "A Todos Alumbra - Naypes Refinos" pack manufactured by Léonard Biermans, Turnhout, c.1880.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Mesmaekers Frères, c.1875.
Archaic Spanish-suited playing cards published in Toulouse by Antoine de Logiriera (1495-1518).
‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands.
Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871.
Baraja Edad Media, fantasy Spanish-suited medieval playing cards published Mas-Reynals, Barcelona, 1993. Designed by M. Malé and illustrated by V. Maza.
Primitive Latin suited pack, dated by paper analysis as early XV century, which makes this one of the earliest known surviving packs of playing cards.
Spanish playing cards such as these were used in those parts of France where certain games were enjoyed, such as Aluette.
Fantasy Spanish-suited playing cards by Bertschinger y Codina (Barcelona), c.1850.
Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenees region of Southern France.
Double-ended Spanish-suited playing cards published by Clemente de Roxas in Madrid, 1814.
Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino.