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    Le Florentin by Becat, Paul-Emile

    Paris: Editions Philibert, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. Aeg. Fine. Becat, Paul-Emile. 9.5 x 6 cm. Complete deck of cards, No. 2072 of 12,000. Le Florentin is a particularly interesting series because, as is traditional with playing cards, the images are reversible so every card in the royal suite has two interpretations depending on which way up you hold them that seamlessly flow into one another. Possibly the most prolific illustrator of erotic literature ever to have graced the genre, Paul-Émile Bécat was born and grew up in Paris and studied at l'École de Beaux-Arts under Gabriel Ferrier and François Flameng, first exhibiting at the Salon de Paris in 1913. Printed by Draeger Freres. Without case.



    CARNAL CARDS; 3 Ways to Play -- 100,000 Ways to Win by [Playing Cards]

    Taiwan: Kheper Games LLC, 2002. Deck of 50 cards plus 4 instruction cards. 2.25" x 3.25". Light shelfwear, wrapper solid. Very good.. 54 card game. In this case, the cards are not divided into suits, but rather into 5 color-coded categories. The additional cards describe 3 games that can be played with the cards (Fortune Teller!, Ultimate Fantasy, and Lover's Libido). The fourth instructional card asks players to play safely and know your limits. The games are made for heterosexual couples. Each card is illustrated with a colorized line drawing illustrating a sexual position or accompanying prop. Verso is the Carnal Cards logo.



    Historisch Onderzoek Over De Speelkaerten. Uit Het Fransch Vertaald. by (PLAYING CARDS) (J.-B. BULLET)

    1780. Te Utrecht, By H. van Emenes, Boekverkoper, 1780. 8vo. ii,95pp. Original blue wrappers. Edges marbled in blue. (light trace of a mark on front cover). Dutch translation of a book published in French in 1753 with the title Recherches historiques sur les cartes à jouer. Bullet (Besançon 1699-1775) was a professor in theology. Nice little booklet on the history of playing cards with pages on the invention of paper. Pages 91-95 contain a description of a game called 'Hombre'. About the French edition Quérard says "Ècrit rare et curieux". Quérard (La France littéraire) I, pp. 562-563; OCLC 7489206 (for this edition).




    Whyteleaf, UK: Ann Summers, 1980. Complete deck of 52 cards plus 1 joker. 2.25" x 3.5". Light wear to box at flaps. Very good.. Deck of 53 color playing cards. Each card is illustrated with explicit images of male-female couples. Joke is a lesbian couple. Reverse illustrated with black, red and white graphic. Rounded corners. Packed in a printed card box.



    Bridge Can Can by Philibert, Paris

    Paris: Editions Philibert, 1950. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in worn original case lacking top.. 9.5 x 6 cm. Complete deck of cards. Two jokers and face cards in a variety of designs.



    EARLY FRENCH POSTCARDS by [Trading Cards]

    Atwood, CA: Mother Productions, 1992. In folded color illustrated cardboard box, 3" x 3.75" x 1". Cards glossy on one side, matte on verso. Square corners. Two cards creased at top edge. 40 collectors cards; reproductions of French postcards in playing card format. B/w or sepia toned cards with colorization. Plus catalog card, order form, and credits. Versos contain a serial essay plus several line drawings.



    Hard-A-Port Cut Plug by MacLin-Zimmer-McGill Publishers

    Np: MacLin-Zimmer-McGill, 1890. Stiff Boards. Orig. decorated light blue and white illustrated backs. Fine. Complete deck of 53 chromolithographic playing cards, 9.5 x 5.5 cm.,including the "Little Joker." The Aces and numeral cards have the suit symbols superimposed over the costumes. Backs in blue and white depicting a sailor at the helm with the advertising line, "Smoke and Chew Hard-A-Port Cut Plug." Hard-a-Port Cut Plug" tobacco insert playing cards published by MacLin-Zimmer-McGill (USA) c.1890, featuring a selection of beautiful actresses from a past era, in poses some might consider risqué. This set of designs was used in around six different editions with various backs advertising "Hard-a-Port Cut Plug" and/or "Trumps Long Cut" chewing tobacco. They were originally produced by Moore and Calvi, then by their successors MacLin and Zimmer and Maclin-Zimmer-McGill in around the 1890s. The "Hard-a-Port Cut Plug" series depicts actresses with angelic faces dressed for the pantomime or dance hall.



    A Catalogue of The Cary Collection of Playing Cards in the Yale University Library by Keller, William B

    New Haven: Yale University Library, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. Orig. blue cloth, front cover decorated insets. 4 vols. Fine. 342, 302, 400, 462 pages. 26 x 17 cm. Two text (Vols.1-2) and two plate volumes (Vols. 3-4). Other than colored frontispieces in all volumes, plates are black and white. Country by country history and descriptions of playing cards. Glossary.

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