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MORDEN, Robert – TURPIN, Homan

Surrey

London, c.1785
95 x 60 mm., 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 104 St. John’s Street, West Smithfield, London, 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. He largely supplied works to schools and it would seem logical to suspect the same applied to this little atlas. 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. Chubb (1927) 109; ESTC T204060; Hodson (1984-97) 273; Mann & Kingsley (1972) p. 26, 3.3; Shirley (2004) T. Mord 1c.
Stock number: 9293

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