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Re: Collection ... Karnöffel

H7: The double naming Karnoeffel or Keyserspiel (Emperor's game) stems from the fact that as well the Karnoeffel/Carneval and the Emperor are both the major event-situations in the game. Since it is all about trumping over kings and hence for the gameplay both are isomorphic, both names were equall...

Examining old book bindings

I did peek at 16th century book bindings when they were broken open a little, to look for playing cards, and one time I found a beautiful red and black devotional print in a cover binding - scenes from the life of Jesus, crucifixion at the center. But I resisted the temptation to pry the binding op...

Re: Bolognese or Florentine trump order, which is earlier?

Nathaniel wrote, And as it has the Chariot in the same position as Croce's list, it definitely strengthens the case for dating the Pedini manuscript to no earlier than that mid-17th century revival. Where do you see that? Chariot is between Amore and Tempra, the standard position before the virtues...

Re: Bolognese or Florentine trump order, which is earlier?

Thanks for drawing our attention to Vitali's article! Definitely a very interesting addition to the Bolognese evidence. Vitali says that the original date of the work is unknown—the edition from 1648 is the third printing (the book itself actually says this on the title page : "Terza impressione") a...

Re: Bolognese or Florentine trump order, which is earlier?

Thanks for your comments of reassurance, Nathaniel. I had it in mind to go back to Cuppi, so I did. Re-reading him I see the following: Il manoscritto segnala un abuso finora ignoto: alcuni giocatori giocavano Amore e Carro allo stesso modo dei Papi: se le due carte venivano giocatenello stesso gir...

Re: Bolognese or Florentine trump order, which is earlier?

Thanks for bringing the Croce text to my attention! I had overlooked that one. And I think you're absolutely right about its significance. With this and your observation about the Beaux-Arts/Rothschild sheets, plus the fact that every other Type A order puts the Chariot immediately below the Wheel, ...

Re: Visconti and Sforza exhibition at Musée français de la carte à jouer Dec. 2020-Mar. 2021

In case anyone was planning a special trip to Paris for this exhibition: It has unfortunately been postponed for a year (for obvious reasons). https://www.facebook.com/museefrancaiscarteajouer/photos/a.166660213395639/3929735363754753/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCDVlq_GDuHuVMfa4mXDn6RF08RVQtSvGXmRIF...

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