Packs of Transformation Playing Cards

Complete deck of 1817 Baron Louis Atthalin’s Transformation playing cards

This is the first French Transformation Playing Cards – 
somewhat unique as it has contemporary manuscript annotations on the reverse to describe the scene depicted by each card
 
It is recorded that Baron Atthalin designed these cards whilst on a sea crossing from Palermo to Marseilles in 1814.
 
[ Elsewhere this pack is described as issued in 1815 and 1832 but the BNF records the correct date as 1817 – see  http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb40918910z ]
 
The cards have plain backs and court cards depict historical figures
the cards are finely etched “showing a high level of artistic ability … with considerable detail’. [ Albert Field ] and when you examine the cards closely you have to agree with that comment.
 

The Jack of Clubs is really interesting as it is a self portrait with Atthalin designing playing cards and his son [?] examining the cards. The name ‘Louis Atthalin” appears in the shield on the legendary knight – Lancelot.

I love some of the transformed images, many of which appear in much later editions of Transformed Playing Cards – the originality is to be admired.

 
I have detailed all 52 cards and the reverses with the French notations so that they can be viewed by all – they will remain on site wether they sell or not. 
 
The cards are in very good condition; the nine of clubs is missing a coloured club pip [ this doesn’t make it more valuable ! ] and the five of Hearts has a weak upper left corner.

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1817 / 1818 Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards
Plates bound in a book

udolf Ackermann published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc” and in 1817 and 1818 he included plates of original transformation playing cards the topic being in vogue since transformations playing cards were first appeared in 1801 in Germany,
Four cards, fully coloured, were included each months therefore the January 1818 was the thirteenth and last issue to complete a set of 52.*

In the first four issues of the magazine there was a narrative which attempted to weave the cards into the story, not always successfully, unfortunately this did not continue for the other nine issues.
[ The table below shows the Issue Date, Plate, Volume and Page where the sheets occur – the first four plates  have a write up of the cards ]
This book contains all 13 plates, in full colour, with the refereed to narrative. 

The Frontispiece for the Ackerman Volume is also included

One of the most popular Transformation subjects of the 19th Century the cards also being produced in Austria, America and France

Plates are in a very fine condition and have been professional bound to form this one volume – quite unique.

Volume Data from TRANSFORMATION PLAYING CARDS by Albert Field

REF: Ackerman_Bounds      
 

£900.00

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c1840 Transformed Aces and Faces
being an Ace of Hearts in many vogues.

Published c1840 this book is titled “ACES AND FACES OR THE ODD TRICK IN HEARTS.”

The OCLC WorldCat ( the central database listing the world’s libraries contents ) lists only one other copy known – their listing is as follows –
“London E Dangerfield ( 1900?-2000? ) – Caricatures and cartoons – Great Britain – English wit and humor – Pictorial. 28 leaves of hand coloured illustrations. The book being at the University of Victoria Libraries, Victoria, BC V8W 3AH Canada.”

They obviously have the date incorrect, one by the style of the book and it’s characters and costume and two, Dangerfield was publishing maps in 1831 from the same address – 22 Bedford St, Covent Garden.

The item on offer lacks three sheets of characters – i.e. Having 25 intact sheets – would love to know the subject matter of the missing three!

Each leaf has been scanned so you can enjoy the humour and wit of these transformed Aces of Hearts.

The subjects are most diverse; from Streets sellers to a priest, a mother with two babies in her arms to a French Marshall.

The book measures 22cm by 17.5cm and is relatively good condition, some pages have been remounted into the book without damaging the contents and there is the very occassional, non-distracting, brown mark.

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REF: TRO5464
 

£500.00

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“Jeanne L’Hachette” Transformation Playing Cards, c.1860

This is a complete deck of 52 transformation playing cards made by B. P. Grimaud & Cie in 1860

The cards were designed by E. le Tellier, and lithographed by Belin. 

The Grimaud name appears on the Jack of Hearts, and the names of Tellier and Belin on the King of Hearts 

All of the pip cards are transformed with some interesting designs for the higher pip cards.

The cards have been played with and bear surface marks but no bends or tears – I would rate them 6/10 with white backs.

The cards measure 71mm x 103mm

The box lacks top and bottom flap.

REF: JLH_60      
 

£160.00

Maximilian Frommann “Jeanne Hachette”
Transformation Playing Cards, c1865

Similar to B. P. Grimaud & Cie’s earlier pack, and using 21 of the Tellier’s design, this complete deck of 52 cards was manufactured in Darmstadt c1865.
 
The letters M and F appear on the outer pips of the eight of diamonds.
 
Only ten of the designs are deemed to be original.
 
The cards measure 91mm x 65mm and have dark honeycomb backs.
 
There is no box and whilst there are a few surface marks I would rate these 8/10

REF: MF_JH      
 

£275.00

1873 Belgian Transformation Playing Cards.

The maker of this pack is unknown but is beleived to have worked in Bruges.

This is a complete set of 32/32 playing cards and comprises cards transformed so as to produce humourious images as was becoming very popular in this quartile of the 19th Century. Just love the pips on the court cards, they are really humerious.

The cards are in good condition. The backs are tartan pattern and there is a small loss of the surface paper due to having been mounted in an album. [ The largest paper loss is shas been scannned. ]

The cards measure 93 x 64mm with square corners.

This is a scarce item.

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REF: TRO5491-089     
 

£750.00

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Transformation Playing Cards - Pack known as WS 87

This pack was published in Germany in 1887 by an unknown publisher – initials W S on the eight and five of hearts.

The details of the Tax Stamp on the Ace of Hearts – replicated below from the excellent site of Peter Endebrock – puts it no later than 1888.

This is complete at 41 cards – 40 pip cards in the usual French suits and one Joker? or Extra Card

[ I must admit I prefer it when the Court cards are not transformed as it hardly ever works ]

There are many imperfections in this rare pack of cards:

– Cards are played with throughout with the inevitable soiling

– Various cards are creased

– Some with stains

– Four of Hearts has small surface loss to the right border

Cards measure 107 x 64 mm

The source for details of Transformation Cards coming from Albert Field’s seminal work.

REF: WS-87
 

£800.00

http://www.endebrock.de/pers-home.html For details of tax stamps on playing cards and wrappers from all over the world

Transformation Playing Cards
Paperback – Illustrated,
Albert Field
Authur

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1889 KINNEY TOBACCO TRANSFORMATION INSERT CARDS 53/53

This was the second issue by Kinney Brothers following the success of their 1st issue of Tobacco Insert cards a year earlier.

In this instance they included an advertising Joker – a complete set being 53 cards

We have all probably collected cigarette or bubble cards in our youth and know the challenge of completing a full set before the days of the Internet.

For those who managed to collect all 53 cards there was an opportunity to send them away in return for a complete pack of playing cards with the same images.

This makes the insert cards quite rare as a complete set.

Each Insert cards has a full listing of the 53 cards on the reverse.

The cards are in very good condition – there are a few corner bumps.

The backs are clean – one has a slight fading and one has the rubber stamp of the owners name.



 

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REF: T7_KTT     
 

£1,250.00

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Epic Scenes from the Old Testament
designed and published by Elaine Lewis

Complete Set plus Joker and Title Card of this
Limited Edition of 50 [ this is No: 37 ] from Elaine Lewis

Depicting transformed images from the Old Testament 

Elaine’s ability to depict contiguous scenes across multiple cards is so reminisant of the 19th and 20th Century Wood Block engravers.

Encased in her home made box – all in Mint condirion

REF: EL_OT      
 

£200.00

Limited Edition Prints of Semi-Transformation Playing Cards.


Joker
[ Print Size 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches ]     
 

£150.00

The Nine of Hearts
[ Print Size 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches ]   
 

£130.00

The Eight of Hearts
[ Print Size 7 3/4 x 5 3/8 inches ]    
 

£130.00

The Eight of Diamonds
[ Print Size 7 3/5 x 5 3/4 inches ]     
 

£130.00

The Six of Diamonds
[ Print Size 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches ]     
 

£130.00

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Cartes a Rire Transformation Playing Cards - reproduction

THIS IS A MODERN REPRODUCTION OF – 
1819 CARTES A RIRE TRANSFORMATION PLAYING CARDS –
MADE IN 1997

Well executed  tasteful reproduction – LIMITED EDITION OF 1000

This is a truly great reproduction of the Cartes a Rire Transformation Playing Cards issued in 1819 by the publisher Grand Ebes, Paris. 

The original deck was produced with two versions of Courts. – One displaying theatres the other newspapers of the period – this is the Newspaper Deck.

For those who don’t know this deck some of the transformed cards are quite unique as 1819 was on the cusp of the birth of the subject of Transformation Playing Cards.

Some of my favourite designs are included -the four of Hearts is a real gem with the clever use of the potty !

This is the “Jed Des Journaux” Edition 

Mint deck in Book style Box with protective inner covering and tie string.

TITLE CARD HAS MANUAL NOTATION OF THE NUMBERED PACK.

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REF: TROCAR_03  
 

£25.00

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1996 REPRODUCTION OF - TOSCANA 1850 Transformation Playing Cards

TOSCANA 1850 Transformation Playing Cards
A wonderful Limited Edition Reproduction of this – Classic Transformation Pack.
The originals were created in 1850 and were named for The Tuscan region of Italy from which they originate. 
The designer of these cards was a well known – Caricaturist, Adolfo Matarelli (1832-1877)  
The designs are cleverly woven into contemporary scenes and the Clown as the Ace of Spades, the three Magic performing clowns as the Five of Spades 
Is such typical of the street scenes of the day.
This is full 52 card deck – plus TWO Jokers – 
The cards in an exquisite hand made box. – All in mint condition

REF: TRO1288_0023   
 

£30.00

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Proof Sheet from Karl Gerich's
EPCS Transformation Playing Cards NR1

The “English Playing-card Society 10th Anniversary Transformation was published in 1993 – there were various proof sheets produced to establish quality.

This sheet measures 41.5cm x 30cm – and the inner frame is 30cm x 22.5cm

This is proof sheet of 9 cards including the title card.

 

The theme was fairy tells but you can see Margaret Thatcher found her way in there [ with her handbag ! ] – one wonders why?

Sheet is in fine condition and will be shipped flat

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REF: KG_NR_1      
 

£125.00

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Proof Sheet from Karl Gerich's
EPCS Transformation Playing Cards -NR2

The “English Playing-card Society 10th Anniversary Transformation was published in 1993 – there were various proof sheets produced to establish quality.

This sheet measures 41.5cm x 30cm – and the inner frame is 30cm x 22.5cm

This is proof sheet of 9 cards including a title card and the Ace of Spades

The theme was fairy tells – a first perhaps

Sheet is in fine condition and will be shipped flat

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REF: KG_NR_2     
 

£125.00

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Three sheets of Transformation Playing Cards
Nixon-Cowell-Jones c1820

Often referred to another Metastasis these cards were, in part, designed and etched by I L S Cowell, you can see the ‘Signature’ on some of the cards on these sheets.

32 cards are depicted – the twelve court cards and 20 transformed cards.

These sheets are fragile and flaky due to the thinness of the paper and age.

Transformation Playing Cards - Albert Field - 1987

Catalogue of the Schreiber Playing Cards in the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings - F M O’Donoghue 1901

Postage at cost

REF: nixon-cowell      
 

£200.00

Two original uncut sheets from the Nixon Fores
Transformation Playing Cards of 1808

These sheets cover 26 of the possible 40 transformed playing cards

There are four sheets in the British Museum of which two are in the same format and content of these above.

The cards are printed on thick paper – uncoloured with the pips hand coloured for the red suits.

There is a crease/bend across the Ace of spades.

Transformation Playing Cards – Albert Field – 1987

Catalogue of the Schreiber Playing Cards in the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings – F M O’Donoghue 1901

Transformation Playing Cards - Albert Field - 1987

Catalogue of the Schreiber Playing Cards in the British Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings - F M O’Donoghue 1901

Postage at cost

REF: nixon-fores-sheet
 

£600.00

10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EPCS
TRANSFORMATION DECK NURSERY RHYMES.

DESIGNED AND HAND PRINTED BY KARL GERICH, IN BATH in 1994

Totally original designs for a transformation deck, hand crafted limited edition.

He hand made the boxes and playing cards in different batches.

Tradition children’s nursery rhymes are illustrated with cleverly weaved transformations of the pip cards and hand coloured for effect though sets were sold in Black and White 

I would struggle to come up with 52 Nursery Rhymes never find to see how I could allocate each to a playing card.

We have handled a couple of these and I am still amazed at the ingenuity 

The court cards feature a variety of characters, Mrs Thatcher bringing the pack ‘up to date!’

Colourful de Lux backs

REF: KGFT_R 

The material on Karl and his works have been gleaned from the excellent research material published by

Metastasis - Transformation of Playing Cards - 1811 - REPRODUCTION

First published by S & J Fuller, Rathbone Place, London, September 1st 1811.

This Nixon-Fuller deck was the first English deck now commonly known as ‘transformation playing cards’ – the first use of the term “transformation”.

A new reproduction edition of this truly rare deck is now available – 52cards plus a title card plus an explanatory leaflet plus a reproduction of the original wrapper – 
plus
 a unique box.

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REF:TRO4272
 

£27.50

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