Alexandre Dumas Classics’ Playing Cards

For avid readers of classics, Alexandre Dumas may be a name that will be familiar to you. For us at Red Hands who do not share the same interest, this is another learning trip down wikipedia. Seriously, without wikipedia, finding information can be more time consuming than it has to. Does anybody here (old enough) remember having to head to the library to find out about anything and everything reliable? Aren’t we glad those days are over? Our previous write up on Innovations goes to show the importance of readily available information on the Internet.

Anyhow, let’s get back to this project shall we? Bona Fide playing card‘s third playing card project is inspired by the novels written by late French writer, Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie or better know as Alexandre Dumas. He has written many stories of various genres including adventure and romance and he writes non fiction too.

Among his works, the more popular stories, Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers are selected in this project. Characters in both works are displayed as portraits in the royal courts. Let’s start with the Count of Monte Cristo.

On the day of his wedding to Mercédès, Edmond Dantès, first mate of the Pharaon, is accused of treason, arrested, and imprisoned without trial in the Château d’If, a grim island fortress off Marseilles. A fellow prisoner, Abbé Faria, correctly deduces that his jealous rival, Fernand Mondego, envious crewmate, Danglars, and double-dealing Magistrate, Villefort, betrayed him. Faria inspires his escape and guides him to a fortune in treasure. As the powerful and mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, he arrives from the Orient to enter the fashionable Parisian world of the 1830s and avenge himself on the men who conspired to destroy him.

Take a look at the card design below. On close observation, we noticed two significant items on the back of the card, rapier and scale. Rapier because it was the weapon of that time in France whereas the scale, it can be associated with justice. Revenge and justice is after all, a fine balance.

We will move on to The Three Musketeers. I believe this piece of work is more widely known with a few film adaptions in the last 20 odd years. There is even a hit song that was spun out of a 1993 adaption. We believe most of our readers should still be old enough to remember this hit.

Set in 1625–1628, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan (based on Charles de Batz-Castelmore d’Artagnan) after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. Although D’Artagnan is not able to join this elite corps immediately, he befriends the three most formidable musketeers of the age: Athos, Porthos and Aramis and gets involved in affairs of the state and court.

The most obvious symbolism on the back of the card will be the four rapiers. A question pop up in our minds, ‘shouldn’t musketeers be using muskets instead of rapiers?‘ Perhaps the romanticism of men dueling with swords feels more honorable and appear more spectacular on the big screen.

Here are some specifications of the playing cards:

  • Limited Edition (one printing, never to be reprinted)
  • 54 cards (52 cards + 2 jokers)
  • Printed by EPCC 
  • Master Finish quality

Sadly, the creator did not show the design of the joker cards. We find that disappointing because designs of joker cards are usually very elaborate or they carry a finishing touch in terms of the idea and concept of the playing cards. We hope that the creator will release images of the joker cards in future project updates.

Remember how we mentioned that Alexandre Dumas is Bona Fide Playing Cards‘ third project. However if you look at their profile in Kickstarter, you will notice two projects instead of three. So where is the missing project? The missing project is actually created by United Cardist. Because Bona Fide’s first project, NOUVEAU was selected as Annual Deck of 2016 by United Cardist. We did not know about this until Bona Fide Playing Cards pointed that out. That is quite impressive!

Lastly, due to the fact that we took such a long time to write about this deck, there is a new and exclusive add-on and that is the ROYAL EDITION for both decks.

Royal Editions
(Left to Right) The Three Musketeers and Count of Monte Cristo ROYAL EDITION
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The Three Musketeers Ace of Spade and tuck box
Royal TTM Edition
Count of Monte Cristo Ace of Spade and tuck box

There is still time to pledge for this beautiful deck of cards, we think the art style is elegant and clean. If you have already pledged for the project, you might want to consider adding on the ROYAL EDITION.


Sources

Wikipedia (various links)

Alexandre Dumas Classics’ Playing Cards (Kickstarter Project page)

Bona Fide Playing Cards

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