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Scarce Italian playing card of depicting the rivers of South Europe

Stock No. 24233 Category: Tag: Cartographer: Anonymous.

I. Fiumi Principali di Europa si scaricano nel Mare Mediterraneo.
Bologna: Tipografia de' Franceschi alla Colomba?, c.1790. Engraved playing card, sheet 115 x 60mm, with red woodcut design on reverse.

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A playing card representing the rivers that discharge into the Mediterranean Sea, with Neptune and six allegorical figures of rivers: the Rh?ne, Tiber, Ebro, Arno, Danube and Po.
This was one of 78 cards in a geographical game played following the same rules as tarocchi (tarot). It was the first of the 21 map trump cards ('The Magician' in a tarot pack). In this version 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

I. Fiumi Principali di Europa si scaricano nel Mare Mediterraneo.

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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