A facsimile of "Morden`s Playing cards" first published in 1676, published by Harry Margary in 1972.
This most interesting pack, of which only one complete pack with the two preliminary cards is thought to exist, forms a small Atlas of England and Wales. As such, it is the first Atlas to indicate roads.
The set is entered in the Term Catalogue for easter 1676 as: "The 52 Countries (sic) of England and Wales, described in a pack of cards.....Sold by Robert Morden at the Atlas in Cornhill, will. Berry at the Globe in the Strand, Robert Green in Budge Row, and George Minikin at the King`s Head in St. Martin`s"
The selection of the counties for the suits is described in the preliminary card, headed - "The explanation of these cards". The Esq. Ogilby, referred to, is the John Ogilby who in the previous year published his Britannia, which described the routes of 100 roads in Britain.
The King depicted on the cards is Charles II and the Queen, his wife, Catherine of Braganza. The main part of the cards was printed from engraved copper plates, with the suit marks being later applied by stencil. The cards were clearly designed to give instruction to the young, rather than serious play. There were other similar instructional packs of cards published at about the same time covering, amongst other subjects, Astronomy, Geography, Heraldry and History.
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