Italian renaissance woodcut playing cards

Block R1

The fragments come from at least four different imprints, of which all but one is coloured.

All cards are fairly well preserved. Still, the suit designation of two of them knights can only be ascertained indirectly with the use of two of the other four packs! While the knights of swords and coins have clear suit symbols, the remaining two don't. Of these, one is unique in the entire material, while the other is a mirror-image equivalent of a poorly preserved card in the crude pack. Unfortunately, that pack too also lack clear suit symbols on the knight cards in these two suits. However, the other of those two is again a copy of one of the tarot pack knights. In that pack the three others are clearly marked as swords, cups, and coins, leaving the mystery knight as the knight of batons, which by a chain reaction of similar eliminations firmly establishes that the unique knight in the present block is also the knight of batons.

Note that both the knave and king of cups are both female, but that this does not affect their rank.

B3 B2 BA CA SA DA
B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9
CF DF SF BF SC BC
DC CC SR BR DR CR
Budapest 5055
Cary Collection at Yale University
Budapest 5053
Christie's 6642.52.1