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New book:
Franco Pratesi: Playing-Card Production in Florence (2018), 151 pages, 20 Euro, ISBN 978-88-27824-79-5 ... some pictures to playing cards unknown to me are included, from the Crippa collection, Milan

Franco writes in the introduction ...
"A large part of the content of this book has first appeared in 2013, as individual notes in the web pages of ..."
The material, that Franco presented in 2013, was very much (let's call it gigantic) and was dedicated mainly to the development of Minchiate through the centuries. This new book seems to present an overview for the material by giving references to the links of the webpages, it doesn't focus Minchiate, but playing cards generally (Minchiate is included). Some new material, which I don't recognize, seems to be inserted.
Well, I got the book yesterday and had not much time with it.

1. Florentine Cardmakers and Concession holders (1477-1751)
2. 1775-87: Playing Card Production in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany
3. 1791: Production and Sale of Playing Cards in Tuscany
4. 1801-07: Playing Card Production in the Etruria Kingdom
5. 1815-1861: The Production of Playing Cards in Tuscany
6. 1814-1862: Additional Evidence on Card Production in Tuscany
7. 1821-1829 Minchiate by Giuseppe Berretari
8. 1839-1841: Florentine Playing Card Production
9. Control on Playing Cards in Florence Around 1880
10. Data on Three Factories in the End of the 19th Century

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#383 got the following mail ...
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Martin Jarvis and I have been a collector of playing cards for nearly 30 years. During that time I was a member of both the IPCS and the EPCS. I have recently taken the very difficult decision to sell my collection and it will be at Stroud Auctions, Gloucestershire, England on 8th May 2019 at 10.00 am. See and

There are over 250 lots and the collection is mainly pre-1900 and of course predominantly English. However, nearly one third of the lots are from other countries around the world, the largest sections being France and Germany and a smaller section on Italian cards. To give you an idea of some of the cards in the Italian section: Chiari, Florence pattern c1840; Fabbrica Perfezionata di A.G.D.R., Bologna c1860; Fabbricatore Felice Rossi, Milan Lombardy tarot pack c1815; etc.

Please have a look at the catalogue and forward my email to playing card collectors who may be interested. The catalogue is online with full colour photographs and the auctioneers welcome live online bidding, live telephone bidding or alternatively commission bids and also offer an in-house packing and postage service, very useful for distant bidders.
Many thanks for your help.
Best wishes,

Martin Jarvis
My note: Likely one has to fill the search field with "playing cards" , if one wants to see the catalogue.
I found it that way. I didn't see Tarot cards, but some objects are interesting. Lot 60 captured my interest. The prices are moderate.

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I detected a used 1-Euro book in a shop for antiques (all books take 1 Euro there). "Das geheime Abendmahl", original is Spanish "La cena secreta" (2004) and English "The Secret Supper" (2006). The English version seems to have been a big success, the text is said to have been translated to many languages

I'm at 2/3 of it and find the German version boring. The story plays in 1497 in Milan at the burial of the young Beatrice d'Este, wife of Lodovico Sforza, at the court of Milan.
Somehow the Tarot card Papessa (Pierpont-Morgan-Bergamo deck) is involved in cases of murder, which happen around the production of the "The Last supper" by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Spanish book (2004) appeared one year after Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code" (2003).
This book had some connection to "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" (1982). ... Holy_Grail
This book knew Leonardo da Vinci as one of many leaders of the Prieuré de Sion (the list of leaders is believed to be a modern fabrication of Piere Plantard).

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Huck wrote:
30 Mar 2017, 18:26
The Budapest sheets have their interesting points. Here is one ...

reference sheet: Kaplan II. p. 276, clearly from a Tarocchi sheet (Group 2, according Kaplan)
... it seems to be a musician, and the upper part is a riddle, not recognizable

reference sheet: Kaplan II. p 277, not clear, if it is a Tarocchi sheet (Group 3, the card has other other neighbors on the sheet). The size seems to be different.
... it is a musician and he drinks from a cup. It is the page of cups.
from another sheet (group 3), now with more colors
Those are extremely odd "page of cups" if that's really what those are. The Bologna Fool, for example, also plays a wind instrument (a singular pipe vs bagpipes) but also plays a drum (a stock image from the time) , to connote revelry - drinking from a large goblet would simply to be a variation on that theme. And also note the Sola Busca Fool also plays the bagpipes:

I also find that large goblet held up by the head quite similar to the Alessandro Sforza "Temperance" card (the tooled outline of the goblet is barely discernible):


Random thoughts here....


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