ABOUT THIS DECK
Published in 1997 by Meneghello of Milan, Italy as a limited numbered edition of 1000 decks, the Gioci dei Giornali cards are known as a 'transformation' deck, and is a photo-facsimile of a 52 card deck from 1819, with illustrations attributed to Baron Louis Atthalin of Paris.
The deck is divided into 4 playing card suits of Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamonds, with finely engraved black line drawings incorporating the pip symbols into new scenes. Pip cards are either single color (Clubs & Spades) or 2 color (Hearts & Diamonds) while the 3 Court figures of V (Valet), D (Dame), and R (Roi) are full color, and show various historical, literary or mythical characters, such as Don Quixote or Minerva.
Originally copperplate engraved and colored by hand, illustrations depict satirical, sometimes grotesque characters, which were apparently common to the principal Parisian newspapers of the period. Some scenes are humorous, some scatological, and some a little bawdy. There are occasional references to people of color, which for the time period, was not one of "equality." There is a small line or two of text in French on every card that usually describes the scene or characters within, such as "les animaux savans" (the animals learned) which shows an orchestra of farm animals, dogs & cats. Some characters show nudity, and one poor guy is getting an enema.
Cards are printed on thick, un-coated parchment stock with reversible card backs. 1 hand-numbered title card is included. Packaged in a lovely hand-made Meneghello book that ties with a ribbon, with inner card wrap.
Card Dimensions: 2 7/16" x 3 5/8" x .014" 61 mm x 92 mm x .36 mm