Jost Amman, Book of Trades, 1588
Following in the wake of Italian art, the German Renaissance developed a new form of medieval knightly culture. Imaginative decks of playing cards were produced by Jost Amman, Schäufelein, Schön and Peter Flötner...
The artist's humour is discernible in almost every card, where little groups of figures decorate the numeral cards. Jost Amman's cards influenced several later cardmakers. Below are two recent facsimiles read more►
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Founder 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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Published by Il Meneghello, this pack provides a visual history of Fascism in Italy between 1919 and...
Pack conceived by Berthold Conradi, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the granting of town righ...
Dondorf Jägerkarte Nr. 465 playing cards dedicated to the theme of hunting, c.1930.
Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric th...
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in...
Complete pack of 36 hand-painted and silk-inlaid playing cards with French suits made in Germany.
Hot-air balloons and airships from the early days to 1988, with designs by S. Baraldi and F. Tacconi...
Review of “Trzes’ Moorish Deck” facsimile published by Ulrich Kaltenborn, Berlin, 2023.
A set of Tarot trumps on the subject of the cinema, with designs by Sergio Sarri.
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Some early examples of popular German playing cards from the XV and XVI centuries.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Cards on cards in celebration of playing-card collector Franz Braun’s 75th birthday.
Artist Edward Locker’s view of London life in 1799, using every card in the pack as part of the pict...
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....
Re-edition of a French-suited Spanish pack from the Napoleonic era, with designs by J. Carrafa.
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
‘Iceberg Free State 1923’ fantasy playing cards with a cautionary moral lesson, Germany, 2006.
Pack devised by Volker Scheub depicting characters associated with the city of Tübingen.
Baudelaire playing card collection illustrated by Alméry Lobel-Riche and published by Lo Scarabeo in...
Characters from the Italian comic series Diabolik, with designs by Paolo and Sergio Zaniboni.
Baraja conmemorativa del 130 aniversario de naipes Heraclio Fournier (1868-1998) Spain, 1998.
Tulsa City-County Library System Annual Report playing cards, USA, 1983.
Stars of Country Music playing cards with non-standard suit symbols, USA, 1995
A vastly expanded pack with 8 suits for playing traditional or new games, devised by Roger Howard Bu...