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

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - Antiques & Collectibles - 184 pages
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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
11
Influential Designs after 1500
27
Spanish Standard Patterns
39
The Spanish Standard Patterns
41
Newly Recognised Standard Patterns
71
Spanish NonStandard Patterns
82
The Classification of NonStandard Patterns
83
NonStandard Cards to the End of the Nineteenth Century
89
Appendices
147
The Gender of Cards
149
Judging the Age of Spanish Playing Cards
154
Methods of Printing
158
Card Backs
165
PlayingCards in Public Collections
168
Notes
171
Bibliography
175

Chocolate Cards
102
Other NonStandard Cards of the Twentieth Century
117
Beyond Europe
137

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Page xi - 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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About the author (1996)

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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