Three facsimile or reprint sets of famous early European cards. All 4 sets are in mint condition and all but 1 of them come in original boxes or wrappers. [NOTE: THE MERRIMACK COTTA TRANSFORMATION FACSIMILE SET, AND THE GRIMAUD "JEU PORTRAIT FRANCAIS EN PIED" DECK, SHOWN IN THE FIRST TWO PICTURES HAVE BEEN SOLD]. Each is available separately for $15; all 3 are for sale for $40. Each is briefly described below.
* A set of facsimile cards based upon a deck first published c.1730 by John Knowles called "The Beggar's Opera." The cards carry the words and music to songs from the famous John Gay opera. The facsimile set was published by Harry Margary in 1978. The set is complete with 52 cards, and comes with a paper insert describing the opera. The cards are square cornered and large, and come in the original box. The cards are mint and the box is "as new."
* A facsimile deck of cards made by Carta Mundi c.1994 for the National Museum Van De Speelkaart of Turnhout, based upon cards made by Mesmaekers Freres c.1880. The reprint deck is named "Cartes Imperiales," and presumably the Mesmaekers Freres cards on which it is based are named the same. The deck has 52 cards with square corners, including Brazilian Aces, plus 2 Jokers, plus 2 insert cards. If I am reading the insert card correctly, the Brazilian Aces may be illustrations by Rudi Thijs depicting buildings used in the manufacture of cards by Brepols, Glenisson, Van Genechten and Mesmaekers, while the Joker is a design of Brepols & Dierckx. In this sense the deck pays homage to the great Turnhout card makers – a logical thing for the Museum to do. The cards are "as new," while the box is in excellent condition with very modest shelf wear.
* A facsimile set of Van Genechten's "Great Mogul" cards. The Van Genechten cards were made c.1904, and this facsimile set was published in 1980 by Aurelia. The deck is complete at 52 cards (never a joker). The cards are on very thick, unfinished stock. There is no box or wrapper, although I understand that when it was published this Aurelia set came in a custom box.
THE AMOUNT SHOWN FOR DOMESTIC SHIPPING AND INSURANCE ASSUMES THAT ALL 3 DECKS ARE PURCHASED. IF FEWER THAN 3 ARE PURCHASED, SHIPPING AND INSURANCE WILL BE LESS.
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