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The History of Playing Cards

The History of Playing Cards
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Author: Dowling, Seamus


  • Preface
  • Many Theories about the Invention of Playing Cards
  • The Tarot Cards
  • Varieties of the European Four-Suit Pack
  • Earlest References to the English Playing Cards
  • Genesis of the English Pack
  • Samuel Rowlands and the Four Knaves
  • Establishment of the London Company of Makers of Playing Cards in 1628
  • Rules, Ordinances and Constitutions of the Company
  • Records of the Company of Makers of Playing Cards
  • Difficulties of the Company in the 8th and 19th Centuries
  • The Cardboard Court -

The King of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts and the Story of La Hire
The English Knave of Hearts
The King of Spades
The Queen of Spades - Pallas
The Knave of Spades
The King of Diamonds
The Queen of Diamonds
The Knave of Diamonds
The King of Clubs
The Queen of Clubs
The Knave of Clubs

  • English Names of the Four Suits
  • Some Ancient French Cards of the 15th Century
  • Card-Making in France
  • French Revolution Cards
  • The Tragic Story of Richard Harding - Hanged for Forging the Ace of Spades
  • Names Given to Various Cards
  • Fanciful Cards and Cartomancy
  • Modern British Court Cards
  • Modern French Court Cards
  • Modern Italian Cards of French Pattern
  • Index
  • Index to Illustrations

Last Updated: Thursday, 18 August 2022 04:49


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