The Playing-cards of Spain: A Guide for Historians and Collectors

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - Antiques & Collectibles - 184 pages
Some of the very earliest European references to playing-cards are from Spanish sources. This book describes the playing-cards from the earliest fourteenth-century records to the present day. For much of that time, the austere gambler's card has been supplemented by an enormous range of other types whose dominant intention has been to entertain, inform or advertise. From seemingly crude and simple woodcut designs to the most florid of 'baroque' ornamentation to the brightly coloured modern styles of the late twentieth century, all are here dealt with fully, and their histories clearly differentiated to emphasise their divergent roles. This book provides a wide range of illustrations of all these types.
 

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Contents

From the Earliest Records to 1500
9
Influential Designs after 1500
25
Spanish Standard Patterns
37
The Spanish Standard Patterns
39
Newly Recognised Standard Patterns
69
Spanish NonStandard Patterns
80
The Classification of NonStandard Patterns
80
NonStandard Cards to the End of the Nineteenth Century
83
Beyond Europe
127
Appendices
137
The Gender of Cards
139
Judging the Age of Spanish Playing Cards
144
Card Backs
155
PlayingCards in Public Collections
158
Notes
161
Bibliography
165

Chocolate Cards
96
Other NonStandard Cards of the Twentieth Century
111
Index
167
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Page 60 - What I have tried to do in this book is to present a comprehensive picture of the playing-cards ot Spain set against the varied background of the country itself.

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Trevor Denning became a senior lecturer in Foundation Studies and Graphic Design at Birmingham Polytechnic (now the University of Central England).

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