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Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin / The Book of Fate, c.1900, entire deck (32 cards)

Livre du Destin, large size scans of entire deck (32 cards / 21 Mb.)

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Card no.16 has the tax stamp

Above: cards from “Livre du Destin” or “Book of Fate” with titles in French and English, published by Chartier-Marteau & Boudin and printed by B.P. Grimaud, Paris, c.1900. The cards measure 11 cm tall and 7.2 cm wide. The tax stamp visible on card 16 is dated Apr 12, 1890. Images courtesy Gilles Daigle.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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