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c1750 LENTHALL'S FORTUNE TELLING PLAYING CARDS

The cards were first advertised c1690 and sold until c1750 and produced and sold by John Lenthall, a map and printseller, who was the predominant seller of playing cards in London during the first half of the eighteenth century.

They include the names of astronomical pioneers (Copernicus, Tycho, Ptolemy) as well as occult figures (Cornelius Agrippa, Hermes Trismegistus, Dr Dee and Dr Faustus). This set has a red Garter tax stamp on the ace of spades.

The Kings [ XIII ] are represented by Nimrod, Herod, Holophernesand Pharof.

The Queens [ XII ] are represented by Clytemnastra, Dido, Prosperina and Semiramis

The Jacks [ XI ] are represented by Cupid, Mahomett, Wat Tyler and Hewfon [ Hewson ] the regicide and possible card maker ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Each suit was numbered I to XIII. Odd numbered cards had a sign of the zodiac on them; even numbered cards contained a list of thirteen numbered statements. The Kings had a series of questions one could ask. The court cards were given the names of famous people from myth and legend. According to the directions, “When any person is desirous to try their fortune, let them go to one of the four kings and choose what question they please.” This is followed by an elaborate procedure for determining the answer. The explanation ends, “The stars foretell, they love you well.”

Complete deck 52/52 plus two instruction card 'The Use of the Cards', closing with 'Sold by Iohn Lenthall Stationer at the Talbot against St. Dunstans Church Fleetstreet London.'

The cards are in very good condition, there is some card with paper shrinkage, which does not affect the card.

There is minor foxing here and there - all cards are scanned in high resolution so you can judge the condition for yourself.

The Jack of Spades [ XI ] - Wat Tyler, has two wormholes holes and the King of Clubs [ XIII ] Pharoh has 12 wormholes neither card has been affected in the subject of the card by the traces of a long lost friend - all cards have been scanned.

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£4,500.00

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c1770 [ or earlier ] FORTUNE TELLING PLAYING CARDS.

Most probably the second English set of playing cards issued specifically for the purpose of fortune telling, the first being those published by Newman c1690 later published by John Lenthall - his pack number XVIII.

The wording on each card conforms to that found in the work on the oldest cartomancy meanings in English by "Dr. Flamstead’s and Mr. Patridge’s New Fortune-Book containing . . . Their new-invented method of knowing one’s fortune by a pack of cards" published c1729 [ Our thanks to Ross Caldwell for pointing us to this link - https://goo.gl/JzSWR2 ]

We think that these cards were published by S Hooper a Book and Print Publisher of various London addresses during the period 1766 to 1792, Strand, Ludgate Hill, Arundal Street, Dukes Court and Holborn. He is know also for publishing his Conversation Cards.

Lots of 'thinks' and 'most probablys in his write up as this pack is not referenced anywhere to our knowledge.

The pack is missing the 9 of Hearts, the Nine of Diamonds and the Jack of Hearts, one direction card and one Wheel of Fortune Card, Red.

The Court cards are of the early style - Jacks have Fleur de Lils between their feet - Black Jacks feathers in their hats - King of Clubs holds Cross of Lorraine - Diamonds and Hearts are red stenciled cards (including court cards) but excluding borders and legend.

The lack of Aces is explained by the Direction Card [ Direction The First ] - "The conjurer being obliged to multiply the 12 figns of the Zodiac by the four feasons of the year could only employ 48 cards, was therefore commanded by the oracle of Delphos to exclude the 4 aces" - though the referenced source above does have Rhyming Cutlets for the four Aces.

The cards are in good condition with some paper shrinkage ripples. The Black Wheel of Fortune card does have many pin holes in it - as it should - as it is used to select the cards which then reveal your fortune.

Insured Postage is free on this item.

CIP3750-0041X

 

£3,000.00

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Tarocchino Milanese

is a 19th century reproduction of a deck used for the Tarot game of 'Tarocchino', as played in Milan.

The art is a simplified version of the Della Rocca and Dotti Soprafino decks.

Created by Pietro Masenghini - Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Masenghini

As issued - Boxed

 

GRAND TAROT BELLINE - £75.00

The Grand Tarot Belline is a 78 card deck which was reissued by J. M. Simon, Paris, France, published by the Grimaud Company in 1966.

This deck is numbered 0 to 77, with the Fool being 0. The writing on the cards is in French.

There is also a single text card the words on this card show the essential concepts for each of the Major Arcana cards.  These are keywords that describe the force behind each card.

These forces are "Will, Science, Action and Realization."

There is also the equation of the Hebrew Alphabet to its numeric value on each card.

The Fool is equated with the letter "Shin" and the numeric value is 300. The letter "S" at the top left corner and the number 300, both written in red, represent this.

There are astrological attributions on these cards.  They are placed in different places on each card. On the Minor Arcana, a lot of the astrological signs and planets are at the top of the cards in the tittle box. But not on all of them.  In the Major Arcana, the astrological signs and planets are at the bottom of the cards and, again, not on all of them.

 

 

First Class / Air Mail Postage: to UK - £3.30 / to Europe - £6.85 / to Other - £11.15 - insured is an additional £5.00 to any Country.
We combine postage and only charge our costs.

Ref: T107

£60.00

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