Bibliography of Playing Cards

The list that follows represents a bibliography of major works related to playing cards, including the history and design of playing cards and related subjects.  Corrections and additions are welcomed.

  • --  Hoyle's Rules of Games.  As a result of this book, the phrase "according to Hoyle" became an American idiom. 
  • Beal, George.  Playing Cards and Their Story. Arco Publishing, New York.  1975. 
  • Benham, W. Gurney, Sir.  Playing Cards : History of the pack and explanations of its many secrets.   Spring Books, London.  1931.
  • Chatto, W. A. Facts and Speculations on Playing Cards.  London, 1848.
  • Crestin-Billet, Frederique.  Collectible Playing Cards.
  • D'Allemagne, Henry Rene. Antique Playing Cards : A Pictorial History.
  • Dawson, Tom and Judy.  The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards.  2000.
  • Field, Albert.  Transformation Playing Cards: The creative art that transforms playing card suit signs into pictures.  U.S. Games, Stamford.  1987.
  • Hargrave, Catherine Perry.  A History of Playing Cards and a Bibliography.  1930.  Reprint, Dover Publications, New York, 1966.
  • Morley, H. T.  Old and Curious Playing Cards.  Batsford, London.  1931.
  • Hoffmann, D. and M. Dietrich.  Die Dondorf'Schen Luxus-Spielkarten.  History of German playing card manufacturer B. Dondorf.   Contains 80 full-color plates of antique cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Text written in German. (256 pp. Ill. pb).
  • O'Donogue, Freeman M.  Catalogue of the Playing Cards of Lady Charlotte Schreiber.  Longman & Co., London.  1901.
  • Taylor, E. S.  The History of Playing Cards.  London, 1865.  Reprinted by Tuttle.
  • Tilley, Roger.  A History of Playing Cards.  Clarkson N Potter, New York.  1973.






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