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On The Cards

Sunish Chabba’s superb re-print of “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by the Australian writer Garnet Walch (originally published in Melbourne in 1875) in the form of a Christmas Annual features 40 transformed playing cards illustrated by Australian poet George Gordon McCrae. This lavish production is a gem for any collector.

McCrae’s cards are now produced for the first time as a separate deck, whilst the accompanying book contains Garnet Walch’s original text with a coloured version of McCrae’s cards. The facsimile edition is produced with grateful thanks to the State Library Melbourne. The set comes in two versions, Royal Edition & Heritage Edition. Available here

Heritage Edition

“A Motley Pack” Heritage edition

Above: Heritage Edition facsimile of transformed playing cards from “A Motley Pack” illustrated by George Gordon McCrae, published by Sunish Chabba & Ishan Trivedi, 52 cards + 2 jokers + 2 extra cards with gilded edges in box, 2019. The cards are accompanied by a re-print of “On The Cards”, a book by the Australian writer Garnet Walch, originally published in Melbourne in 1875. The 40 cards are completely redrawn from the original book & we have taken liberty by adding the 14 cards which were missing in the book so as to make the complete deck of playing cards. Printed by WJPC. An augmented reality app is also available for Android devices that works with book and the deck of cards.

The Book

Above: pages from the re-print of “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack”, originally published in Melbourne in 1875, presented in colour by Sunish Chabba & Ishan Trivedi, Guru Playing Card Company, Australia, 2019. 160pp.

re-print of “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” presented in colour by Guru Playing Card Company, Australia, 2019

FURTHER REFERENCES

Book and cards available from Guru Playing Card Company

More details on Kickstarter: A Motley Pack -Transformation Playing Cards & Book

Last Updated May 16, 2019 at 05:46pm

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