Guide to the Research Collections
This section of the library's holdings contains a number of old and modern editions of Hoyle. A strong group of materials on card tricks is to be found in the Ellison and Hooker collections, described fully in chapter 33. Materials on playing card design and history are in the Prints Division and in the general collections. Sets of playing cards in the library, most of which came as gifts, are primarily held in the Rare Book Division. Both the Prints Division and the Spencer Collection have examples of the engravings of Stefano della Bella for Jean Desmarets de Saint Solin's Jeux historiques des rois de France....
The Prints Division has four sets mounted in its della Bella scrapbooks; the Spencer Collection has only the rois
Also in the Prints Division are the sixteenth-century engravings by Ladenspelder made from Italian tarocchi cards. Two sets of playing cards engraved with engineering and mechanical instruments made in early eighteenth-century London are in the Parsons collection in the Science and Technology Research Center.