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Scottish Legends

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998.

1988 Scotland United Kingdom Richard Edward Ltd Roddy Somerville Mark Oxbrow Celtic Dragons Fantasy Folklore Myths & Legends Add to Collection

Scottish Legends playing cards designed and illustrated by Mark Oxbrow, published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998. The aces and courts feature motifs and characters drawn from Scottish legends and art. Each court card includes the appropriate suit symbol somewhere in the design.

Scottish Legends playing cards, illustrated and designed by Mark Oxbrow, published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998 Scottish Legends playing cards, illustrated and designed by Mark Oxbrow, published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998

Above: Scottish Legends playing cards, illustrated and designed by Mark Oxbrow. published by Roddy Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998. 52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in box. Printed by Richard Edward.

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.

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