SOLD Packs of Transformation Playing Cards

John Nixon - His Transformation Playing Card
Original Artwork of c1803

1803 A range of Transformation proofs from the
John Nixon Scrapbook
covering published packs from 1803 to 1820

This is a unique collection of 24 proof cards on 20 sheets
designed by John Nixon a caricaturist who worked closely with
Fores and other London publishers.

These cards represent first stage prints proofs
and hand colored final proofs
many with handwritten inscriptions.

They represent a look into the design and thoughts of the artist
and are the cornerstone for the history of the
English Transformation cards.

They are also a rare glimpse into the past.

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1806 Cotta Transformation Playing Cards in Original Box
with original booklet + 2020 excellent replica

Made by J G Cotta – Tubingen in 1806. Size 98mm x 68mm – square cornered.
Cards are stipple engraved, hand coloured with plain backs.
 
This is the second almanac deck from Cotta and evidences imagination and originality in design.
 
The court cards feature classical images.
Clubs: Arcas, Esther, Pyrrhus
Spades: Burrhus, Andromache, Ahasuerus
Hearts: Mordecai, Iphigenia, Ulysses
Diamonds: Orestes, Agrippina, Agamemnon
Come with the 2020 Reproduction
 
The cards and original booklet are in excellent condition, the original box is complete but has a few signs of wear.



REF: Cotta 1806-0055 
 

1808 The KISS - rare early heart suit transformation playing cards.

Issued in a book, Leipzig 1808, the ten heart transformation therein contain some of my favourite cards.

Very original and using the heart symbol to combine two faces in an artistic way.

The Ace of Hearts provides the title for the book and is a truly lovely card.

In the 1850s there was a reproduction of this book which is also quite scarce – neither are mentioned in Field’s standard work on the subject.

Book has some foxing which does not interfere with the plates.

The spine of the book has some outer covering missing [ see pictures ] but the book is tight and is not coming apart.

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
3D, 4S, 7C and the 5H

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the September 1818 issue and depicts 3D, 4S, 7C and the 5H. A cutting from the magazine, explaining the four cards is attached to the back of the late.

Plate is in a very fine condition

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
4D, AS, 5C and 7H 

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the October 1818 issue and depicts the 4D, AS, 5C and 7H 

The Plate is in fine condition.

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
KD, QS, QC and JH

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the December 1818 issue and depicts the KD, QS, QC and JH. A cutting from the magazine, explaining the four cards, is attached to the back of the plate. 
Plate is in fine condition with a slight nibble yop left and a small mark bottom right, neither of which impact upon the cards.

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1819
QH, KS, KC and JD

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from January 1819 and is the most difficult plate to find and depicts the QH, KS, KC and JD.

A cutting from the magazine, explaining the four cards, is attached to the back of the plate. 

Plate is in fine condition cut close at the bottom through the date

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
2D, 9S, AC and 4H

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the July 1818 issue and depicts 2D, 9S, AC and 4H. A cutting from the magazine, explaining the four cards, is attached to the back of the plate. 

Plate is in fine condition, very slight stain top right hand corner not touching the playing cards.

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
6S, 9H, 9D and 2C

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the August 1818 issue and depicts the 6S, 9H, 9D and 2C.

Plate is in Good condition.

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Beatrice, or the Fracas Transformation Playing Cards 1818
KH, JS, JC and the QD

Rudolf Ackerman published a popular monthly periodical titled “Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion etc.,’ in 1818 and 1819 he included plates of original transformation playing cards as this was a popular topic amongst the gentry.

Over the course of thirteen months, January 1818 to January 1819, he published four cards per month to bring the total to 52. Each plate bears the inscription “PICTORIAL CARDS”  below the cards and then the Number Issue of R Ackermann’s Repository of Arts etc, and the published date.

At the right hand top corner of the plate is the plate no: and volume number.

The watermark of the paper is 1818 and the cards were also published in a portfolio with stiff front and back covers and no binding.

Similar packs of cards, differing slightly in design were published in Austria, France and America.

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.

This is from the November 1818 issue and depicts the KH, JS, JC and the QD.

Plate is fine condition.

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1870 Frommann and Bunte - Transformation Deck.

This is the first edition of a pack issued c1870 in Darmstadt, Germany.
The packs contains 10 original designs, 19 appeared earlier in a pack by Braun & Schneider c1852 and 23 from Grimard’s Jeanne l’Hachette pack in c1865

The eight of diamonds bears the letters M and F and the designs are printed in Brown Ink. 

The cards are in very good condition exhibiting some signs of wear – all cards scanned so you can judge yourself, the box is present but scruffy – see photo.
It bears the title “Comic Karte” and the makers name in a scroll “Frommann & Bunte, Darmstadt.

PDF is worth browsing as there are some very innovative designs.

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Reproduction of Grimaud's JEANNE HACHETTE TRANSFORMATION CARDS c1850

This is a 1976 Danish reproduction of a centuries earlier deck by Grimaud, Paris.

Complete deck with 52/52 plus Title card from Danish producers

Glossy square cornered cards with plain backs in issued lift-off box.

Cards and box are near mint – not played with and pristine.

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Reproduction of 1805 Cotta Transformation Pack

Published in the late 60s/early 70s this pack reproduces the first full pack of German Transformation cards 1805 Cotta – different packs were issued in later years.

This is complete 52 + a Joker [ the original pack never had a joker ] – cards have a light pink back – originals would have had plain backs

Though the cards are faithful to the originals the inscription on the two part box reads “Replica in full color of the antique French original” – slightly out on the Country !

Cards and Box are in very good condition – near new. PLEASE NOTE THE BOX IS RED NOT BLUE AS IN PICTURE

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Palliden Transformation Playing Cards - Double Deck

1983 double-deck of Palladin Transformation Playing Cards by Laura Sutherland.

Complete – Two Jokers and intro card and 52/52.

One deck sealed (mint) and one opened (near mint), box has light edge rubbing/handling on the base

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Reproduction of 1805 Cotta Transformation Pack

Published in the late 60s/early 70s this pack reproduces the first full pack of German Transformation cards 1805 Cotta – different packs were issued in later years.

This is complete 52 + a Joker [ the original pack never had a joker ] – cards have a light pink back – originals would have had plain backs

Though the cards are faithful to the originals the inscription on the two part box reads “Replica in full color of the antique French original” – slightly out on the Country !

Cards and Box are in very good condition – near new. PLEASE NOTE THE BOX IS RED NOT BLUE AS IN PICTURE

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1988 Circus Transformation Playing Cards

Published by F Robert Schick (Posthumous) 1988. ‘Circus Transformation Playing Cards’ complete 54 cards superbly Gilt Edged Card with two jokers.
Limited to 1000 numbered decks. Extended explanatory booklet .
High quality larger than standard cards with gilt edges – mint as issued.
There is no box
A true ‘Transformation’ pack based on the Circus theme. 
Published by his wife after his death.

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10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EPCS TRANSFORMATION DECK NURSERY RHYMES.

DESIGNED AND HAND PRINTED BY KARL GERICH, IN BATH on 3rd December 1994

Totally original designs for a transformation deck, hand crafted limited edition, number 53 /72, signed by the artist on the title and in gold ink on the inside base of the box.

Tradition children’s nursery rhymes are illustrated with cleverly weaved transformations of the pip cards.

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

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As issued in a wonderful decorated box which matches the back of the cards.

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Reproduction of 1807 Cotta Transformation Playing cards

A fine reproduction of the 1807 issue by Cotta of Transformation Playing cards.

An explanatory booklet is included.

Cards are in Mint Condition – box in very good condition with slight handling marks.

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2002 GOBLINS - Peter Woods' limited edition semi - transformational deck

This Limited edition of 75 packs in Black and White shows how adept Peter is creating original designs for 
semi-transformation playing cards.

This is complete and mint 52 cards + 2 Jokers and is boxed.

Signed by Peter Woods .

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