Italian Playing Cards

History and Enjoyment

 
 
Carte da gioco italiane 
                                   

Veber Gulinelli
DELLE CARTE DA GIOCO ITALIANE
STORIA E DILETTO
Italian Playing Cards. History and Enjoyment


APM Publishing, Carpi, 2011
cm. 21 x 29.6 to 148 pages with plenty of illustrations in black / white and color
Italian language edition
Paperback cover

 

Gulinelli Veber, a prolific author of over 17 literary works focused mainly on the history of San Felice, a village in the northern countryside of the Modena province, presents us with this book that is not only a journey through the birth and evolution of the Italian paying-cards game, but also with new discoveries that illuminate in detail the history of playing cards in the fifteenth century.

 

Through months of investigation at the Este University Library in Modena and the Este State old Archive in Modena to decipher documents related to the fees and payments from the Este family to cards and tarots painters, the author has identified 28 documents, some of which never seen before. Remarkable, among others, the list of painters and master in miniatures who worked at the Este Court in Ferrara from 1430 to 1443.

 

The historic route explored by the author ranges from the XIV to the millennium, with contributions of game rules (including an extensive chapter about the tarots), the ancient names of the games and cards printers of different ages.

 

Remarkable are the iconographic support with color photos and black and white decks of cards and old documents.

 

By the Index below you can realize the range of topics:

 

 To readers:

 

The first playing cards appeared in Italy

The deck of cards "Italia 2"

Technical table of the deck "Italia 2"

 Images of the deck "Italia 2"

 Brief history if the ideogram Yin-Yang

 Second technical table of the deck "Italia 2"

 Retrospective considerations about the deck, "Italia 2"

 The deck of Basel

 The Italian playing cards in the fifteenth century

 Birth of the “trionfo” cards

 Considerations on playing cards of the Este court in Ferrara

 Painters at the Este court in Ferrara (1430-1443)

 Masters in miniatures at  the Este court in Ferrara (1430-1443)

 “Trionfo” cards printed for the Este court in Ferrara

 The Milan gold colored “trionfo” cards in the fifteenth century

 The eight emperors deck of cards

 Playing cards and “trionfo” cards in Bologna, in the fifteenth century

 Nomenclature of the Major Arcana of the Visconti-Sforza deck

 Retrospective considerations

 Italian playing cards in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

 Printers of playing cards in the seventeenth century in Italy

 Italian playing cards in the eighteenth century

The Bolognese “tarocchino”

 Piedmontese tarot

 Sicilian tarot

 Printers of playing cards in the seventeenth century in Italy

 Italian playing cards in the nineteenth century

 Printers of playing cards in the nineteenth century in Italy

 Regional Italian playing cards

 Images of Italian playing cards in the years two thousand

 Italian playing cards "the enjoyment"

 
Notes and Bibliography
Index of game rules

 

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Copyright 2011 by Veber Gulinelli