16th Century German Cards
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16th Century German Cards

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. (See the video below for a closer look a the deck) 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 printed on uncoated card stock for a historic look and feel. They are blank on the backs as was most common for early cards. They are about 3.5 " x 2.25" the size of a modern "Bridge deck."

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Order 4 decks and we include our booklet of early card games!


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Printed here in Minnesota

Customer comment:
"I just wanted to reach out and tell you how much I've enjoyed my purchase. I bought the 3-deck set of German, French and English cards with the booklet, and was very impressed with all of it. Interestingly, I remember thinking "I dunno that I'll ever really use the German deck...too different from what I've used my whole life. It might be nice to have as a curiosity." But it really has become my favorite deck!"


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


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