Mint, sealed set of minchiate cards made by Edizioni del Prado. It is a facsimile set of “Minchiate Fiorentine” cards that date c.1790. Although the deck for sale is mint and sealed, the faces of the cards in this facsimile set can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum website (WWPCM #05114)
Minciate is an early 16th century card game, originating in Florence, Italy. It is no longer widely played. An unusual 97-card deck was used in the game. It had similarities to a standard tarot deck, but with a greatly expanded set of trumps. Altogether the deck has 97 cards, with the usual 56 minor arcana, 40 trumps and a fool card. It is my understanding that the additional 20 trumps were inserted between nos. 15 and the star of the standard tarot deck, which became no. 36. There are numerous other smaller differences.
Making allowance for the box, it appears that the cards measure approximately 105mm x 60mm. As noted, they are mint and sealed in the original box.
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