Map Playing / Collectible Cards:
1779 Aniello Lamberti
(engraver): "Regno Di
Pollonia Anticamente
Sarmatia," Florence,
image 100 x 60 mm.,
in two versions from
the Florentine version
of the Tarot: the
"Minchiate." The full
set was published by
Augusto da Rabatta
and Jean Baptiste de
Baillou's pocket atlas
"Nuovo Atlante
Generale."
1920-39: The French chocolate company Chocolat Pupier (founded in the 1860's and still available in France today)  created collectible
trading cards with the flags, maps, costumes and views of countries of the world -- including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia:
(A website with a full collection of trrading cards:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/sets/72157602018755021/
1800 - 1838 K.M. Gribanov: Playing cards in Russian from a set of 60, each devoted to a different guberniya (province) of the Russian Empire,  One
side of each card shows the local costume, the provincial coat of arms and a list of numbered town names; the other side contains a map with numbers for the town
locations, and the distance from the main town to Moscow in "versts"  (1.0668 kilometers).
From National Library of Russia at http://www.wdl.org/en/item/4464/
Grodno guberniya
Minsk guberniya
Courland guberniya
Kingdom of Poland
Vilno guberniya
1856 These cards, created and published in St. Petersburg, are part of a souvenir set of 82 illustrated geographic cards – one for each guberniya of the Russian Empire in 1856.
Each card displays an overview of a guberniya's culture, history, economy, and geography. The front of the card depicts features like rivers, mountains, major cities identified
by name and number, and chief industries. The back of each card contains a map of the province, cities identified by numbers on the map, the provincial seal, population
statistics, and a picture of the local costume of the inhabitants.
From the Ntional Library of Russia: http://www.wdl.org/en/search/?collection=geographic-card-set-of-the-russian-empire#740
Grodno guberniya
Kingdom of Poland
Kovno guberniya
Vitebsk guberniya
Estonia guberniya
Liefland guberniya
Vilno guberniya
Estonian guberniya
Liefland guberniya
Minsk guberniya
Kurland guberniya
Vitebsk guberniya
1678 Johann Hoffmann
(publisher) - Franz Nigrinus
and Johann Seyfrid
(artists)
- Wilhelm Pfann
(engraver):
"LIVONIA" (Four of Spades),
12.3 x 6.5 cm, one of 52
cards from "Europaisch
Geograph- isches Spiel
Charte." Hoffman also
produced another deck, with
world maps instead of all
European maps. The unique
surviving deck is at the
Saxon State and University
Library in Dresden.
From
LIETUVOS DAILĖS FONDAS: .
ldfondas.lt/en/collection
LIETUVOS DAILĖS FONDAS: .
ldfondas.lt/en/collection
www.alteagallery.com