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Napoleon Bonaparte, Sidney Reilly)
JEU DES BATAILLES DU PREMIER EMPIRE. Set of 36 Empire Playing Cards
France, early 19th Century


THIRTY-SIX CARDS. Uncolored, engraved playing cards, mounted. Each card illustrates a famous battle ('Bataille de la Moskowa', etc.) and two military personalities from the Napoleonic Era. Suit sign in upper left corner. The cards measure 13.5 by 9.7 cm and are housed in a chemise and quarter leather-cloth slipcase. The chemise bears the bookplate of 'Ace of Spies', Russia born Sidney G. Reilly. He had a renowned Napoleonic collection sold in New York in the 1920's. This item is part of that collection.

Jean Verame "Les Merveilleuses Cartes a Jouer du XIXe Siecle" page 102.

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Item ID: Mis00027

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