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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2204

James Edward Whitney collection of playing cards

Collection of packs of playing cards, dating from the early 16th to the early 20th century, from around the world.

Dates

  • 1500-1920

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

16 linear feet (15 boxes)

Collection of packs of playing cards, both manuscript and printed, from early 16th century to early 20th century. Most packs incomplete. Includes cards from Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Hindustan, Hopi Tribe, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, United States, and others.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Edward Whitney, (H.C. '89), Newburyport, Mass.; received 1925 December 11. Recataloged from: SG 3102.1* - SG 3102.100*. Collection was transferred from Widener Library to Houghton with items missing and/or incomplete. Missing items are noted in finding aid. Some items were added by different donors after the finding aid was compiled by James Whitney (see items 100-112).

Note: Books referred to in this catalogue are: CHATTO. Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards. By William Andrew Chatto. London: John Russell Smith, 1848. CULIN. Korean Games, with notes on the corresponding Games of China and Japan. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania, 1895. By Stewart Culin. The Gambling Games of the Chinese in America. By Stewart Culin. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1891. MERLIN. Origine des Cartes a Jouer. Recherches nouvelles sur les naibis, les tarots, at sur les autres especes de cartes. Par R. Merlin. Paris, 1869. O'DONOGHUE. Catalogue of the Collection of Playing Cards bequeathed to the Trustees of the British Museum by Lady Charlotte Schreiber. By Freeman Marius O'Donoghue. London: Published by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1901. SINGER. Researches into the History of Playing Cards, etc. By Samuel Weller Singer. London: R. Triphook, 1816. TAYLOR. The History of Playing Cards, etc. By Rev. Edward S. Taylor. London: J. C. Hotten, 1865. WILKINSON. The Chinese Origin of Playing Cards. By William Henry Wilkinson. In The American Anthropologist for January, 1895. WILLSHIRE. A Descriptive Catalogue of Playing and other Cards in the British Museum etc. By W. Hughes Willshire, M. D. London, Published by order of the Trustees of the Museum, 1876-1877.
  • CHATTO. Facts andSpeculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards. By William Andrew Chatto. London: JohnRussell Smith, 1848.
  • CULIN. Korean Games, with notes on the corresponding Games of China andJapan. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania, 1895. By Stewart Culin. The Gambling Games of theChinese in America. By Stewart Culin. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1891.
  • MERLIN. Origine des Cartes a Jouer. Recherches nouvelles sur les naibis,les tarots, at sur les autres especes de cartes. Par R. Merlin. Paris, 1869.
  • O'DONOGHUE. Catalogue of the Collection of Playing Cards bequeathed tothe Trustees of the British Museum by Lady Charlotte Schreiber. By Freeman Marius O'Donoghue.London: Published by order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1901.
  • SINGER. Researches into the History of Playing Cards, etc. By SamuelWeller Singer. London: R. Triphook, 1816.
  • TAYLOR. The History of Playing Cards, etc. By Rev. Edward S. Taylor.London: J. C. Hotten, 1865.
  • WILKINSON. The Chinese Origin of Playing Cards. By William HenryWilkinson. In The American Anthropologist for January, 1895.
  • WILLSHIRE. A Descriptive Catalogue of Playing and other Cards in theBritish Museum etc. By W. Hughes Willshire, M. D. London, Published by order of the Trustees of theMuseum, 1876-1877.

Processing Information

Processed by donor: James Edward Whitney, Jr.
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INDEX:

American: Nos. 1-2-5-12-17-18-24-29-35-36-37-38-39-40-56-65-73-80-
Fanciful: Nos. 46-61-68-80-
Chinese: Nos. 26-27-28-67-
English: Nos. 3-8-9-25-66-82-83-84-92-
Flemish: Nos. 88-
French: Nos. 4-15-31-33-97
Tarots: Nos. 52-
Fanciful: Nos. 41-72-
German & Austrian: Nos. 10-11-13-14-19-69-76-85-94-95-96-98-99-
Tarots: Nos. 54-55-70-89-90-91-
Fanciful: Nos. 30-75-86-
Hindustani: Nos. 42-43-79-
Italian: Nos. 7-47-48-63-74-
Tarots: Nos. 23-71-77-78-
Minchiate: Nos. 49-50-51-
Cucco: Nos. 21-
Japanese: Nos. 32-44-45-58-59-60-
"Khanhoo Cards: No. 62
Korean: No. 81-
Spanish: Nos. 6-16-53-57-64-
Swiss: Nos. 87-93-
Swedish: No. 20
Cambio No. 22
Title
Whitney, James Edward, collector. James Edward Whitney collection of playing cards, ca. 1500-1920: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou01454

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