Silvestre “Cartes Méthodique” Science of Heraldry Playing Cards. Paris, ca. 1720. 52 + EC. Excellent. The deck is known in both card form and sheet form (Sylvia Mann, Collecting Playing Cards, pg.133) so these might be original and not cut from a sheet and backed on card stock. This can be considered a game deck, a historic deck or a teaching deck but the numbered cards have the corresponding number of shields and the courts have a letter inside the pips indicating R (king), D (queen) or V (jack) so it is possible to use them as a pack of playing cards. The courts show symbolic figures and have a written description of what an honor it is to bear arms. Dedicated to the Duke of Burgundy. Mann pg. 133; Cary Vol. II, pg. 207, #177.