FRANCE - NON STANDARD CARDS - Philibert, Paris.




340226 Philibert, Paris. Mémoires de Casanova (Memories of Casanova). Design: Paul-Emile Bécat (1885-1960). 52 + JJ (all different) + title card, complete. Offset, 95x63 mm, rc, Backs: Pink upholstery in a baroque frame. 1960.
Lit.: Braun 914; Fournier 421; Pikante Blätter pp. 102-103; Cary coll. 386; Eroticism I 3.2.
The numerals are illustrated by permissive scenes with Venetian backdrop. Yet the artist's triumph lies in the design of the courts, merging both halves of the cards into thrilling miniatures.
Almost mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout).




200626 Lo Scarabeo, Torino (printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout). The Tarots of the Origins. Les Tarots des Origines. Design: Sergio Toppi. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Stone Age man, in brown. 2000.
Lit.: Eroticism V 9.72.
Strong drawings on the origins of mankind, well fitting to the commemoration of the Neanderthal people in 2006. The suits have been replaced by colors and themes: blue = soul (cups), yellow = jewels (coins), green = nature (batons) and red = blood (swords).
OCase, instructions (German), mint.




GREAT BRITAIN - - The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards).




007527 The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, London (Waddingtons Playing Cards). The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher, Britain's First Woman Prime Minister. 2 x 52 + JJ, complete. Offset, 88x58 mm, round corners, gilt edge, 4 English index marks. The Prime Minister waving at the door to 10 Downing Street, blue or red border. 1979.

Thorpe [2001] p. 89.

Ace of Spades shows the portray of the company's master John K. Black. Edition of 1,200 double decks.

Slightly damaged original cardboard case and plastic box, mint (the red deck still sealed).




GERMANY - PRUSSIA PATTERN - Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg.



310038 Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg. Supex Soups and Sauces. 32, complete. Color lith., 99x56 mm, rc, 4 I. on the pips. Backs: Ad, white on red background, of the producer of soup and sauce extracts Donatus Wachter & Son, Nürnberg. Maker's name & logo on 7Bells, logo on Deuce of Hearts. c1940.
Lit.: Kohlmann/Radau 35 E; Mann coll. 110 [2603/55].
Sights on the numerals.
Somewhat damaged OCase, mint.




CZECH REPUBLIC - NON STANDARD CARDS - Obchodní Tiskárny Kolin (OTK), N.P., Prague.



320591 Obchodní Tiskárny Kolin (OTK), N.P., Prague. Interhotel / Cedok. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 66x43 mm, rc, Backs: Ad of the state transportation company Cedok and of the Interhotel chain (hotels and restaurants) on red background. 1958.
Lit.: Braun 573.
Publicity deck for tourism. All cards are illustrated, they praise the attractions of the country: beautiful landscapes, slivovitz and beer... AD carries a hint to the participation in the Brussels world fair in 1958.
Faint folding mark at 2 cards, slightly worn.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino.




200628 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Giotto Tarot. Tarot de Giotto. Design: Guido Zibordi Marchesi. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: The 3 of cups, repeated 4 times, as a medieval codex cover, in mauve tints. 2001.
The great innovator in painting has been adapted here in a successful manner to tarot symbolism.
OCase, instructions (German), mint.




ITALY - NON STANDARD TAROT CARDS - Lo Scarabeo, Torino.




200632 Lo Scarabeo, Torino. Golden Tarot of Klimt. Tarot Doré de Klimt. Design: Atanas A. Atanassov. 78 + title card + EC, complete. Offset, 120x66 mm, rc, Backs: Picture of a woman and decorative elements in the style of the Viennese Secession. 2005.
The artist has ravishingly succeeded in capturing the opulent world of the Viennese Prince of Painters. The "Golden" in the name of the deck does not promise too little: all cards and the box are adorned with embossed golden designs which generate a truly brilliant effect.
OCase, multilingual booklet (64 pp., English, Italian, Spanish, French, German), mint.




NETHERLANDS - NON STANDARD CARDS - Cerberus, Breda.




200655 Cerberus, Breda. Theater of Pain. Design: Cerberus (Colin Peters). 52 + JJ (all different) + 2 text cards, compl. Offset, 105x65 mm, rc, Backs: Trellis made of flowers and skulls, B/W on light-grey background. 2005.
The courts display protagonists of the first (1994-1996) and of the second (1999-2002) Chechen wars, e.g. Boris Jeltsin (KH), Vladimir Putin (KD), Aslan Maschadov (KC, president of Chechnya)... Except for QD, the Q are allegories (soldier's mother, black widow...) AH and AS are illustrated, one of the jokers portrays the artist himself. The deck was printed after linocuts in an edition of 1000 (B/W and brown for H and D, B/W and grey for S and C). Our copies are signed by hand by the artist.
OBox, mint.




GERMANY - PRUSSIA PATTERN - Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg.



310037 Vereinigte Altenburger & Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Inc., Altenburg. German Card. 36, complete. Color lith., 35x26 mm, rc, 4 I. on the pips. Backs: Plaid, red. Logo (Dondorf's Dragon) on Deuce of Hearts. c1935.
Lit.: Kohlmann/Radau 35 I; comp. Mann coll. 110.
Miniature deck with sights on the numerals.
Slightly worn.




   
   

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