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Jeu Mythologique

“Jeu Mythologique” facsimile 18th century pack by J M Simon, 1983.

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XVIII C. Mythological cards

Above: cards from XVIII C. French deck depicting deities from classical mythology, 52 hand-coloured cards, plain backs.

Jeu Mythologique (facsimile) 18th century pack by J M Simon, 1983

“Jeu Mythologique” facsimile by J M Simon, 1983.

“Jeu Mythologique” : facsimile with colours ‘restored’ of 18th century pack, produced by J M Simon / France Cartes, 1983. Each card is illustrated and also has a miniature playing card in the top left-hand corner, and a title at the bottom with a brief description of the deity. See the Info card

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Above: cards from “Jeu Mythologique” facsimile of an 18th century pack in the “Cartes de Fantaisie” series by J M Simon / France Cartes, 52 cards + extra card in box, 1983.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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