c.1900 Le Jeu du Destin Antique

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Le Jeu du Destin Antique 32/32 cards complete 

Published by Grimaud & Chartier, Paris, France c.1900

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Deck: Le Jeu du Destin Antique


Description:  Le Jeu du Destin Antique is a French, 32-card fortune-telling deck. The deck was first published in 1868 by Grimaud, alongside a booklet entitled: “Le destin antique rétabli d'après les anciens manuscrits chaldaïques, syriaques et autres : avec une introduction historique sur le jeu de cartes," by Eugène d'Auriac. The original booklet and early deck can be found at the Bibliothéque Nationale de France (BnF). The deck sold here is an early 20th-century edition with a box and without a booklet. 


Deck Identifiers:

· Style: Antique Destin, 32-card fortune-telling deck

· Versos/backs: solid blue, with coating

· Paper: cardstock 

· Printing method: chromolithography

· Titles: no titles; inset playing cards 

· Borders: single black line, top border decorated with ornate gold architectural design

· Tax Stamp: no tax-stamp


CONDITION: Very good condition, 32/32 cards complete, with box.

Very little signs of wear on the front of cards, backs/versos are

scuffed and stained, cards with edge and corner wear. Telescopic

box has both sleeves, with edge and corner wear; chips and wear to

label; bottom tab of outer sleeve, broken but attached.


Card Dimensions:  12.1 cm X  7.8 cm