Pasqins Windkaart, 1720 Holland. Described in her book Handful of History, Sylvia Mann told the story of many of these historical decks. This features large illustrations and captions refering to the Mississippi Bubble Plot. They're colored. When, don't ask. I bought two of these decks. The first in black and white at Sotheby's auctions. This example was sold to me by Kay Gregory an antique show. Seeing it hand colored is quite different from it's usual presentation.
J.G Cotta, Germany, 1805 , Joan of Arc Pack depicting characters in Shiller's "The maid of Orleans". Considered the granddaddy of all transformations, the Jeanne d'Arc pack and the accompanying almanac was the first of six years of publication of packs in this series. How or why someone thought to incorporate the pips in various scenes we'll never know. But I'll always be thankful they did. My collection has three of the six Cotta packs.
These early Minchatie cards are part of an incomplete deck I once bought through the mail from and ad placed in a magazine. If anyone can help tell me more about them, please WRITE.
Jeu Alphabetique, France C. 1830 Illuminated and intricate pack perhaps for the purpose of teaching students. I acquired this rare deck in a trade with a fellow playing card collector during the New Haven playing card convention many years ago. The deck appears in the publication, Musee Des Arts Decroatifs,
Cartes a Jouer Anciennes.