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Published July 31, 2022 Updated July 31, 2022

Dead Souls

Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii.

Russia Orleansky Petr Mikhailovich Boklevskii Literature 2006

A 36 card pack with 2 jokers produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii. The title refers to the novel “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol’, 1842.

There are two additional cards: the first shows a portrait of the artist Petr Mikhailovich Boklevskii, 1816-1897; the second explains that the pack is based upon the artist’s original illustrations. (Boklevskii produced several satirical albums of lithographs and illustrations, including: “A Gallery of Gogolian Types: The Inspector General", 1858 and “Types from the Poem Dead Souls”, 1895).

Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii

Above: Dead Souls, or “Mertvye dushi igral’nye karty” produced in 2006 by Aleksei Orleanskii. The reverse shows a portrait of Nikolai Gogol’ in an oval frame.

See also: Playing cards "Dead souls" Gogol types according to the drawings of the artist P. Boklevsky

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By Peter Burnett

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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.


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