Gioco dei Giornali (Collection) "Last Units"
It consists of 52 letters in Italian language.
Published in 1997 by Meneghello of Milan, Italy as a limited edition of 1000 decks, Gioci dei Giornali's cards are known as a "transformation" deck, and is a photo-facsimile of a deck of cards of 1819, with illustrations attributed Baron Louis Attalin of Paris.
The deck is divided into 4 card suits of Hearts, Hearts and Diamonds, with drawings of finely engraved black lines that incorporate the pip symbols in new scenes. The PIP cards are one color (Clubs and Spades) or 2 colors (Hearts and Diamonds), while the 3 figures of Cut V (Valet), D (Lady) and R (Roi) are full color, and They show various historical, literary or mythical characters, such as Don Quixote or Minerva.
Originally engraved in copper and colored by hand, the illustrations represent satirical, sometimes grotesque characters that were apparently common to the main Parisian newspapers of the time. Some scenes are comical, some scatological and others a bit obscene. There are occasional references to people of color, which for the period of time, was not one of "equality". There is a small line or two of French text on each card that usually describes the scene or characters inside, such as "les animaux savans" (the animals learned) that shows an orchestra of farm animals, dogs and cats. Some characters show nudity, and a poor guy receives an enema.
The letters are printed on thick uncoated parchment paper with reversible letters. 1 hand numbered title tag is included. Charming handmade by Meneghello that is tied with a ribbon, with an inner wrap.
Author: Il Meneghello
Nº of Cards: 52
Size: 61 mm x 92 mm x .36 mm
Stock: Latest Units
The graphic images are a sample of the original letters and may show some variation in the tone or color of the originals.