Avril, Stanislas-Désiré and Adolphe Bilordeaux – Parisian Actors and Opera Singers. Paris, Avril et Cie., n.d. (c. 1864)

52/52 playing cards. In Contemp. box. Box worn and with some loss.

This extraordinary deck is the first time that photographical images were used on playing cards. The publisher Avril et Cie. was active only 7 years, 1862-1868. The photographs were taken by the famous French lithographer and photographer Adolphe Bilordeaux (1807-1872). Very rare.

Seguin 356; Marteau 356