The Carte Toscane are Italian 'Transformation' Playing Cards, originally produced circa 1850, by Adolfo Materelli, who was considered among the best draftsmen and caricaturists in Italy during his lifetime. This reproduction by Il Meneghello of Milan, Italy was published in 1996 as a numbered, limited edition of 1000 copies.
Finely engraved illustrations have glorious coloring that ranges from bright to pastel. A couple of cards have Latin inscriptions worked into the design, such as Tentare non Nocet (roughly, Do No Harm) and Giustizia Turca (Turkish Justice).
The 52 card deck is entirely un-titled and numberless, structured in playing card suits of Spades, Hearts, Clubs & Diamonds with 2 additional Jokers, which did not exist in the original circa 1850 printing. Buff metallic gold card borders frame elaborately detailed transformation scenes and characters, from a variety of cultures. There are jesters, Napoleonic & Medieval soldiers, Hussars, Roman military items, beggars, Ottoman Turks, and more shown in the first 10 cards of each suit, with suit symbols clevery worked into the scenes.
The last 3 cards of each suit are Court figures, with one suit symbol showing in a upper corner.
Aces of Spades & Clubs have maintained the tax stamps from the orignal cards. One hand-numbered Italian title card included. Cards have semigloss finish.
2 11/16" x 4" x .014"
68 mm x 97 mm x .35 mm