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Baraja El Quijote

Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981.

1981 Spain Heraclio Fournier E. Pastor Facsimiles & Replicas Literature Add to Collection

This is a Spanish-suited pack of 48 cards and 2 jokers with different scenes from Don Quixote. The author, Miguel de Cervantes is represented on the ace of coins. Published by Heraclio Fournier in 1981 it is a reprint of an original pack designed at the beginning of the 20th century by E. Pastor and lithographer S. Martinez of Barcelona. The reverse of the cards shows Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza. The jokers portray Don Quixote. See the box

Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981 Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981 Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981

Above: Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1981.


Some cards from the original edition, c.1930

Colección 48 naipes de Don Quijote

Above: five cards from Naipes de "Don Quijote" designed by E. Pastor, printed by Litografía S. Martínez, c.1930.

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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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