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A little bit confusion has always its charm ... :-)

I found according this page ...

http://www.esoterikshopping.de/produ...P-Grimaud.html

... a deck, which seems rather equal to that, which I've presented here.

The German explanation says, that it is a deck of Grimaud and of 1880, an information, which the author likely got from the text book.

Well, the small text book found by Stephen is from c. 1770-1820, according Gallica. The playing card seller thinks, that it is the deck of 1807 (well, I can't see precisely, if there are major differences of the seller's deck to this deck "from 1880").

Here is a deck (same motifs), which surely presents another generation:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oracles...n/photostream/
... but it doesn't look like from "begin of 19th century".
This page has it ...
http://www.logos-magia.com/1755-Peti...des-dames.html
for "from 1807".
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