Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes Into Which the Exhibition Was Divided; Presentation Copy. --

Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes Into Which the Exhibition Was Divided; Presentation Copy. --

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...called che-pae, which signifies paper-ticket. The Chinese cards in the Exhibition measured 2 j inches long by li inch in width. In the Museum of the Royal Asiatic Society there are three packs of Hindostan cards; they are circular, and measure 2 inches in diameter, and some smaller, 2 inches. They appear to be made with canvass. In the Indian Department of the Great Exhibition there were also circular cards, which were strongly varnished on both sides. It is supposed that card-making among the Hindostanees is a regular profession, though possibly combined with some other branch of manufacture, as card-painting was combined with wood-engraving in the fifteenth century. The marks of the suits of Iliudostanee cards appear to be identified with the customs, manners, Now in the possession of Mr. De La Rue. and opinions of the people. They coincide with the earliest European cards in having no queen, the two court-cards being a king and his niiuister or attendant, and the suits being distinguished by the colour as well as by the form of the mark or emblem. Early in the fifteenth century card-making appears to have become a regular trade in Germany. Nuremberg, Augsburg, and Ulm were the chief towus for the manufacture of playing-cards. Besides supplying the home markets, considerable quantities were exported into Italy, Sicily, and over sea, and bartered for spices and other wares; and at the present day much larger quantities of cards are exported from Germany than from any other country. Their cheapness is, no doubt, the principal cause, for the German cards are generally inferior to those made in England, although some are well made since they have adopted the method of printing the pips and honours, as patented in England in 1632. more

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  • Paperback | 1150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 57mm | 2,005g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512103
  • 9781236512109