Lot 394: (PLAYING CARDS.) Bartlett, Caleb. American Transformation Deck.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (PLAYING CARDS.) Bartlett, Caleb. American Transformation Deck. Complete set of 52 hand-colored engraved playing cards, together with original printed "Key to the Pictorial Playing Cards" pamphlet in contemporary marbled wrappers. 3 5/8x2 1/2 inches. Minor soiling and rubbing but no major faults. New York: C. Bartlett, 1833
Notes: Transformation decks incorporate, or transform, pips into oftentimes very clever and interesting scenes, as with the present deck, the earliest printed in America.