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Published March 12, 2023 Updated March 12, 2023

Birds playing cards

Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake, 2019.

2019 United Kingdom Laurence King Publishing Ryuto Miyake Nature & Environment Add to Collection

Produced by Laurence King Publishing Ltd., London in 2019 this pack displays 54 colourful birds illustrated by Ryuto Miyake. Each suit displays birds of a specific colour: black birds (hearts); red birds (clubs); white birds (diamonds) and blue birds (spades). The two jokers present different views of a multi-coloured bird, the Gouldian Finch. See the box

Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake and produced by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, 2019 Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake and produced by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, 2019
Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake and produced by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, 2019

Above: Birds playing cards illustrated by Ryuto Miyake and produced by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, 2019. The two jokers present different views of a multi-coloured bird, the Gouldian Finch.

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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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