London: Ward, Lock & Co. (1931). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Small quarto, original green cloth with cover design and lettering in gilt and black; vii, 195 pp, 242 illustrations including many in color. Fine, entirely clean and unworn in moderately edgeworn jacket. Fine / very good. Item #21122
"This book traces for the first time the long and surprising pedigree of the British Pack of Playing Cards. Familiar as these cards are, few people have any idea of the strange secrets which they conceal. These are fully explained and a treasure-house of folk-lore, romance, anecdote and legend is opened to the reader." (from jacket front panel).