Packs of Transformation Playing Cards

c1811 Cowell Transformation Playing Card - Full set on original Sheets

Offered are the five original sheets depicting the 52 transformation cards accredited to Nixon-Cowell-Jones for the year c1811.

The cards were sold in sheets thus avoiding the tax on Playing Cards  as in sheet form they were not regarded as ‘made up’. 

The cards would have been cut from the sheets and hand painted by artists either for the publishers, Jones, or the purchaser.

These sheets have been cornered mounted on backing paper and are in very good condition.

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REF: TRO3757      
 

£2,500.00

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1811 Nixon Fuller Metastasis Transformation Playing Cards

The vogue of transforming the pips of playing cards into an intriguing scene originated in Germany is 1801.

This was a method of converting the regular, repetitive, standard playing cards into something more interesting.

The transforming of cards caught on very quickly and proliferated throughout the century and beyond. Even today new innovations are being conjured up and there is a growing trend for quality reproductions of earlier decks – an excellent idea enabling all pockets to enjoy the artistry and innovation.

It became a fireside hobby so besides published packs there are many hand drawn transformation cards [ hand drawn on a regular pack ] offering a uniqueness and revealing the scope of people’s imagination.

There were two packs produced in the first quarter of the 19th Century with the nomenclature of METASTASIS. The first by John Nixon and published by Fores in 1803 and this pack by S&J Fuller [ Temple of Fancy, Rathbone Place, London ] in 1811.

There is a wrapper*, in the Schreiber Collection, at the British Museum, which dates this pack precisely to September 1st 1811.

Offered here is a complete hand coloured set of 52 cards with an original wrapper [ Uncoloured as it should be ]/ title sheet measuring 17mm by 21mm

The cards are unmounted. and are in very good condition.

The hand colouring is identical to those in the British Museum,those
in the Makers of Playing Card collection 
and those sold at Sotherby’s  from the Ortiz-Patiño collection.

Many of the pip cards, but not all, are like those from the earlier pack of 1803.

Nixon’s initials appears on one card of each suit.
Three of Spades, Three of Diamonds, Two of Clubs and Two of Hearts.

The court cards are meant to depict notable characters of the time: some nobility, some prominent people.

A sample of the cards are presented here and the full set of 52 can be viewed here at FULL SET

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Whist there are many references to wrappers I find this hard to reconcile. The published sheets were hand coloured and cut but not mounted to board.
I can find only two that are mounted and this I believe was applied later on.

This would make the pack very lightweight and thin and, although there was a custom to wrap cards, I don’t personally believe they were.

The sheet, especially the coloured one depicted in the British Museum, was, I believe, used to decorate an appropriate box.
Of the three boxes I know of their decoration conforms to a precise cutting of the wrapper/title sheets.

Certainly unmounted cards of this period, if wrapped, would not also have a box.

 

REF: NFM-11      
 

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1818 / 1819 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 1818 and 1819 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 1819 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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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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S Heilmeier Limited Edition Transformation Playing cards

A complete deck 52/52 plus four jokers contained in a lift off  box with transformation of the nine of hearts on the box top.

These are original designs by this popular modern designer,

This is from a limited edition of 110 and is numbered 80/110

Cards and box are new , cards are mint and box is 9/10 with a slight mark on the base.

REF: SH_80
 

£150.00

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c1990 NOAH's DECK - LJILJANA RYLANDS - TRANSFORMATION PACK.

c1990 A semi transformation deck picturing animals from Noah’s Ark. – Published by Alan Hutchison & Co Ltd, London

The four suits are represented by: insects (spades), terrestrial mammals (hearts), birds (clubs) and fish (diamonds)

52/52 Cards, no Jokers, cards are mint, box is complete but has had a bit of a jorney,

REF: NOAH      
 

£20.00

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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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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
 

£35.00

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