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16th Century German Cards

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Dating to 1588 this 52-card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the German Renaissance. German printers experimented with a wide range of suit symbols, this deck uses Books, Jars, Printers' Ink Pads and Cups. As was common in German cards, there are no jacks and queens, but rather the German equivalents of an “unter” (“under” with the suit sign at the bottom of the card), an Ober (“over” with the suit sign at the top of the card) and kings on horseback. It also features a female figure as the 10 of each suit. The backs are blank as was most common on early cards. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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Order 3 decks and we include our booklet of early card games!


Learn more about the symbolism of this deck:



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Printed here in Minnesota

Learn more about this deck: watch our video describing the symbolism behind the illustrations.




Another version of the Jost Amman cards played a major role in the 2012 novel
The Stockholm Octavo
and the author also offers a manual for the divination style used in the novel