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GREAT BRITAIN - - John Waddington, London, for S. Salomon & Co., Holmblads Spillekort Forretning, Copenhague.

410306 John Waddington, London, for S. Salomon & Co., Holmblads Spillekort Forretning, Copenhague. No. 106. L'Hombre 40 Blade. 40, complete. Color line block, 89x58 mm, rc, 2 Danish I. Backs: Ornamental panel with stylized flowers and leafy branches, blue. c1935. Lit.: Berry I W63; Jensen [Denmark] 5-9; Fournier 25; comp. Mann coll. 199. MADE IN ENGLAND on the case. Slightly damaged OCase, slightly worn.




TAIWAN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd.




200769 Beautone Specialties Co., Ltd. Swimming Suit. 52 + JJ (all different), complete. Offset, 87x57 mm, rc, Backs: Bathing belle against the background of a tropical coast. Makers name on AS. c2000.
All cards are illustrated. They show young women enjoying sea and sun.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




GERMANY - NON STANDARD CARDS - VASS, Leinfelden, for Merlin Publishers, Hamburg.



330130 VASS, Leinfelden, for Merlin Publishers, Hamburg. Gorleben should live! Design: Arno Waldschmidt. 32 + EC, complete. Offset, 91x59 mm, rc, Backs: Beaming sun, red and black. 1979.
Lit.: Braun 2068; Fournier 476; Hedinger 29.
Deck of the opponents to atom energy on the occasion of the argument about the setting-up of an permanent nuclear waste disposal site in Gorleben.
OCase, mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




340459 Maker unknown. Vargas Pin-Ups. Design: Alberto Vargas (1896-1983). 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, Backs: Back view of a sitting blondie, just dressed in her jewels, in brown. 2003.
All cards are illustrated with the permissive models of the master of the pin-ups. Pirate (?) edition, not on the market, numbered.
Mint.




USA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ian Roth Design, New York (printed by Printmasters, New Delhi, India).




350568 Ian Roth Design, New York (printed by Printmasters, New Delhi, India). Unique Playing Cards. Design: Ian Roth (born 1975 in San Francisco). 52 + JJJ (2 different), complete. Offset, 89x64 mm, rc, 2 Engl. I. Backs: Overall creased towel, bluish grey. 2002.
Sensual pictures of hands and fingers playing with fabrics on the pips (the number of stretched out fingers indicates the value). The courts show the half veiled and crushed faces of New York artists.
OCase, mint.




HUNGARY - NON STANDARD CARDS - Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, for Civertan Graphic Studio, Budapest.



280531 Offset és Játékkártya Nyomda, Budapest, for Civertan Graphic Studio, Budapest. Hungarian Costumes in Middle Ages II. Design: Civertan Graphic Studio. SF. 32, complete. Offset, 112x72 mm, rc, 2 Hungarian I. Backs: Historical pendant in olive-green. 2001.
Courts and aces show Hungarian costumes, the numerals weapons. Edition of 1000 decks.
Mint.




RUSSIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk.




200682 Alexander Lutkovskiy (publisher), Novosibirsk. Rare Russian Cards. Unter of acorns: Four Colours of Skin. Design: Ekaterina Stupakova. 36 + JJ (all different), complete. Color digital printing, 90x60 mm, rc, Backs: B/W photos of 4 naked bodies. 2006.
Lit.: Lutkovskiy 4.128.
Courts, aces and jokers are from the hand of E. Stupakova. The 4 colors of skin mean an European blonde of the 18th century, a North American Indian woman, an African black girl and a geisha. The pips are illustrated with color photos of women of different origins, mainly with their legs apart.
Min. damaged OCase, mint.




SPAIN - NON STANDARD CARDS - Maker unknown.




350516 Maker unknown. Oriental Pin-Ups. 52 + JJJ (all different), complete. Offset, 88x63 mm, rc, 2 English I. Backs: Back view of a scantily dressed kneeling Oriental woman, in brown. 2004.
All cards are illustrated with hyperrealistic color airbrush paintings of young inviting Oriental women. Trendy backgrounds in pastel colors: light-blue (C), peach (D), mauve (S) and pink (H). Numbered edition of 500 decks, not in the trade.
Mint.




FRANCE - - Imp. (Imprimerie = Printery) Bertauts, rue Rodier 47, Paris.

410300 Imp. (Imprimerie = Printery) Bertauts, rue Rodier 47, Paris. Grand Jeu de Mlle Lenormand. 52 + 2 EC (consulting man and woman), complete. Stencil-col. chalk lith., 123x84 mm, square corners. Backs: Paste marble, pink, blue and yellow. 1864.

Lit.: D'Allemagne I p. 484 & 486; comp. Cary coll. 201, 204, 211, 218, 219; comp. Hoffmann/Kroppenstedt [1972] 48; comp. Jensen [Prophecy] 4.1.

D'Allemagne describes our deck as a tarot without trumps (!); he dates it 1864, but incorrectly quotes the printer's name as Bertrants, same address. However, this certainly is one of the very early editions of the pack, which was later widely circulated by Grimaud. We could not find any mention of a Bertauts in the available repertories. The quoted copies often are uncomplete and were issued between 1890 and 1910 (except for Jensen, c1870).

Slightly worn.




AUSTRIA - NON STANDARD CARDS - Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna.

340370 Ferd. Piatnik & Sons for Edition Hilger, Vienna. Karl Korab. Design: Karl Korab (born in 1937). 2 x 52 + JJJ, complete. Offset, 89x58 mm, rc, 2 German I. Backs: Panel with a regular pattern of rectangles divided diagonally, dark-red and brown or green and blue. Maker's name (Hilger) on 2D, logo (Piatnik) on 2H. 1991.
Lit.: Altfahrt in Talon 12 (2003), p. 31.
Colorful collage-like figures on the courts, illustrated aces.
OBox, biographical sheet, mint.




   
   

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