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Lot 394: (PLAYING CARDS.) Bartlett, Caleb. American Transformation Deck.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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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.

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