Packs of Transformation Playing Cards

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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REF: TRO 5217      
 

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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      
 

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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.

REF: TRORA_27_6      
 

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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
 

£1,000.00

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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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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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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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REF: TRO4226    
 

£28.00

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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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£575.00

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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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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

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£40.00

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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 .

REF: CIT4315
 

£35.00

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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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£27.00

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Sherlock Holmes Transformation Playing Cards - Elaine Lewis

The 2018 offering of Elaine’s has to be considered as one of her best as she has very faithfully offered the excellent stories as a graphic treat at the same time incorporating the pips into the miniature scenes to provide us with another great Transformation Pack of Playing Cards.

This is Pack Number 10 of a limited Edition of 50.

52 cards complete plus a professor Moriarty Joker plus the Title Card.

Elaine covers a vast amount of Doyle’s cannon of work – including.

The Adventure of the Red Circle,  A Scandal in Bohemia, The Musgrave Ritual
The Adventures of the Copper Beeches, The Empty House, The Hounds of the Baskevvilles
The Three Students, The Engineer’s Thumb, The Blue Carbuncle,The Secret Codes
The Norwood Builder, The Six Napoleons, The Scarlett Claw, A Study in Scarlett
The Adventure of the Dancing Man, The Solo Cyclist, The Spider Woman, The House of Fear
Thor Bridge, The Abbey Grange, The Irregular Stain, The Woman in Green
The Speckled Band, The Cardboard Box, The Five Orange Pips, The Lion’s Mane, The Red-Headed League

They are all hand coloured and come in a hand made box with the Two Hearts on the front [ Mrs Hudson ].

They brought back memories of my youth and prompted me to re-read some of my favourites.

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£200.00

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