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MORDEN, Robert – TURPIN, Homan

Montgomery Sh

London, c.1785
92 x 57 mm., early outline colour, laid on paper as always issued, in good condition.
A rare later state of Robert Morden’s playing cards first published in 1676. From ‘A Brief Description of England and Wales’ by Homan Turpin. The whereabouts of the plates since Morden last issued them is unknown, but they eventually came into Turpin’s possession. He was a bookseller working at the imprint address from 1764 to 1787 who interestingly traded in second-hand books and buying libraries. The date of their issue is speculative, as none of the six known Turpin catalogues list the cards it has been presumed to have been issued late in his career. There are no suit marks present although the numeration in Roman and Arabic may still be found as this was part of the engraved plate. Refer Booth (1977) pp. 59-60; Hodson (1984-97) 273; Mann & Kingsley (1972) p. 26, 3.3.
Stock number: 9036

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