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Published March 09, 2023 Updated March 09, 2023

Icelandic picture playing cards / Islensku landslagsspilin

Icelandic picture playing cards with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.

Iceland Gudmundur Ingólfsson Photography Souvenir Add to Collection

This souvenir pack of Icelandic views shows the beautiful photographic work of veteran Icelandic photographer Gudmundur Ingólfsson. Photographs of the natural wonders of Iceland, the flora and fauna as well as man-made development are beautifully displayed on all 54 cards. There is an extra card which provides information about the reverse of the cards which depicts “Sailing, an initial” from Jónsbók, a 14th century manuscript held in the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. See the box

Icelandic picture playing cards (Islensku landslagsspilin) with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson Icelandic picture playing cards (Islensku landslagsspilin) with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson

Above: Icelandic picture playing cards (Islensku landslagsspilin) with photography by Gudmundur Ingólfsson.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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