In recent years a Spanish company, Ediciones del Prado of Madrid, has published a number of facsimile decks, with faithful and attentive editions of some of the world’s famous historical decks. Listed here is a mint, sealed set of the Ediciones del Prado facsimile edition of a deck made by Le Bourgeois of Paris in or about 1860, known as “Imperial.” (See, Fournier, Playing Cards, France 249). The faces of this very facsimile edition can be seen at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM#05375/02). The original was engraved and colored by hand, and the name of the engraver, Migeon, appears on the King of Diamonds. The deck has black and white scenic Aces, and the detailed beauty resulting from the engraving technique is captured in this facsimile edition. The Ace of Spades is printed on the box (not a sample card).
The deck has 52 suited cards (never a Joker). The cards are small, measuring 85mm x 56mm, and I assume this is because the original of the deck was that size. The cards come in the original box.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed.
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