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Published April 25, 2023 Updated April 25, 2023

Baraja Fiesta Taurina

‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.

1975 Spain Heraclio Fournier Bullfight Photography Add to Collection

This pack of cards published by Fournier in 1975 displays photographs celebrating the tradition of bullfighting. Each suit is devoted to an aspect of the contest and its participants: spades to the fight itself; hearts to the bullfighter; diamonds to the crowd; and clubs to the bull. The cards are accompanied by 2 leaflets written by José María Sedano Laño (d. 2015), each in multiple languages (Spanish, French, English and German) that explain these elements of the sport. See the leaflets

‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975 ‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975

Above: ‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.

• See: Fournier Museum catalogue, p. 97 no. 846. • See the box


Bullfighting scene at Jaraíz de la Vera, July 2021

Above: traditional bullfighting scene at Jaraíz de la Vera, Extremadura, July 2021.

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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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