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A very scarce Italian playing card of Asia

Stock No. 24231 Category: Tags: , Cartographer: Anonymous.

XX Asia.
Bologna: Tipografia de' Franceschi alla Colomba?, c.1790. Engraved playing card, sheet 115 x 60mm, with red woodcut design on reverse.

£350

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A miniature map of Asia, depicted on a tromp l'oeil scroll. It was one of 78 cards in a geographical game played following the same rules as tarocchi (tarot).
This was one of the 21 map trump cards; the suits were North, South, Central and Islands, each with ten letterpress descriptions of counties in those regions and four court cards with a woodcut armorial and a letterpress text.
The woodcut pattern on the back of the card is a red flower design with the address 'Alla Colomba' (At the Dove). This was the address of Tipografia de' Franceschi in Bologna from the 1790s until at least 1860.

Additional information

Dimensions 60 × 115 mm
Cartographer

Date

1790

Extra Info

XX Asia.

Publication

Bologna: Tipografia de' Franceschi alla Colomba?, c.1790. Engraved playing card, sheet 115 x 60mm, with red woodcut design on reverse.

Condition

A good example.

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