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A fully custom deck of playing cards inspired by Jane Austen’s well-loved novels and characters, and rich in authentic period detail.
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Jane Austen Playing Cards

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man who has designed a a deck of playing cards in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death—using images that Miss Austen is very likely to have seen—must be in want of a Kickstarter campaign to share them.

THE FIRST JANE AUSTEN CARD DECK

As an avid fan of Miss Austen’s novels, and of novel playing cards, I have designed a deck of playing cards to honor the 200th anniversary of her death. Each suit in this fully custom-designed deck represents one of Miss Austen's beloved novels, and each suit’s court is represented by the novel’s lead characters.

These cards are rich in period detail. The images for all the queens and jacks come from fashion plates found in Ackermann's Repository of Arts—an influential British periodical published from 1809–1829 that featured articles and images on art, architecture, fashion, furniture, needlework patterns, and politics. It is likely that Miss Austen would have been familiar with this publication. The selection of images for the queens and jacks are found within the two years prior to the publication date of each novel.

The cards will be produced by USPCC, ensuring the excellent quality you expect. All of these images are mock ups and not photographs of the actual printed decks. There may be further refinements to come.

The decorative line art on the back of the cards, and within the Ace of Spades, is based on the needlework patterns found in Ackermann's.

The image of the fish in the Ace of Spades seen below is drawn directly from the mother-of-pearl lottery fish that belonged to Miss Austen and were used as betting pieces in parlour games. These lottery fish are in the collection at Jane Austen House Museum—Chawton House—Miss Austen’s home from 1809 until her death in 1817. You can see a picture of these at here

The backgrounds for each court and number card are taken from a multitude of blank pages in Ackermann’s so that the deck looks more authentically antique. The cards will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company and guarantees the quality you expect in a custom deck of cards.

Pride and Prejudice, 1813

 Emma, 1816

 Persuasion, 1818

PLEASE NOTE: all of the rewards list Mansfield Park as a part of Deck One, but it will be Persuasion, not MP. MP is part of the second deck if we get there.

 Sense and Sensibility

Specialized Tuck Cases: Foil Stamped and Embossed by Clove St Press

The Tuck Case, like the card back, features line art based on the needlework patterns found in Ackermann's and is printed in 2 foil stamps and with an emboss on a solid color, heavy weight midnight blue cover stock, and features a quote from each of the four novels in the deck. The photographs below are of a mock-up of the tuck case. This is a terrific new development. (it was going to be accomplished with a stretch goal.)

This is no longer a Stretch Goal, but included in the original goals for the two card decks. The tuck cases for the Jane Austen Playing Cards will be printed by Clove St. Press, the same company that prints all of the decks for Dan & Dave Industries. This company specializes in fine printing techniques including letterpress and foil stamping to create lovely works of art. 

 

 

 

Image courtesy Clove St Press.
Image courtesy Clove St Press.

 

 

Testimonial

“As the author of Simply Austen, Jane Austen for Dummies, and the editor of volumes 363 and 365 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography Volumes: Jane Austen, I love these cards and associated items produced by Eric Ligon. Eric is using designs from Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, a British periodical of the early 1800s, famous for its beautiful illustrations. Cards are especially appropriate for those who love Jane Austen: you can use these cards and find the rules for playing “Speculation” as the characters do in Mansfield Park!”—Dr. Joan Ray

STRETCH GOAL #1:

A Custom Tuck Case Seal unlocks at $16,000

A Custom Tuck Case Seal featuring Miss Elizabeth Bennet on one side and Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy on the other, with the Austen monogram on the top. (The photo is a mock-up image only.)

 

STRETCH GOAL #2: 

THE SECOND JANE AUSTEN PLAYING CARD DECK, featuring Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, and Sanditon.

Unlocks at $24,000

This second deck features Miss Austen's remaining two published novels: Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, as well as an early, epistolary novel Lady Susan (published much later in 1871), and a novel that remained incomplete at the time of her death: Sanditon. This deck is completely designed and ready to go to the printer.

 

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” 

Queens and Jacks Posters

Decorate your home with an archive-quality print of your favorite Austen character: Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Harriet Smith, Anne Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot, Elinor Dashwood, or Marianne Dashwood.  8"x 10" Giclée prints on Arches Hot Press 380 gsm paper. These prints have an imagine area of approximately 6" x  8.5", and feature the figure and caption from the original fashion plate, the character's name, the book title and the date of publication. Further, each print also is labeled with the historical information (plate number, issue, etc) from the source material in Ackermann's. Each print is embossed with a stamp for an added bit of visual richness. (Frame not included.)

 

Jane Austen T-shirt

Printed in black ink on a beautiful 100% color T-shirt. You'll be prompted to select size a T-shirt size when ordering.

Austen Deck One Uncut sheet

 

This limited edition uncut sheet from the first deck features all of the beautiful artwork and illustration from the entire deck in a single 28" x 26" poster that is suitable for framing. (The layout here of the cards is not usual and your deck will arrive partially shuffled as a result, but this uncut sheet features the Aces and the suits' royalty in the center three rows.

"I am half agony, half hope... ." 

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Risks and challenges

This is my first project, and while I have planned very carefully, there remains any number of things that could be problematic: from printing errors, to production problems with stretch goals (if we get there). But never fear, I have spent my life effectively solving all kinds of problems. I will resolve any problem and deliver the rewards to you. Both decks and tuck cases are completely designed, as are these stretch goals: the revised versions of the tuck cases, the t-shirt, the tuck case seals, the character fashion plates, and the 1816 "New Hoyle" facsimile. Learn about accountability on Kickstarter. If you have any questions about this project, please let me know or check the FAQs.

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