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Bowes 1590
Map, on a playing card, ?Hampshire, by William Bowes, probably engraved by Augustine Ryther, issued 1590.

Published on one of 4 sheets for the whole pack of cards, 'W. B. invent. 1590.'
The map is copied from the general map of England and Wales in Saxton's atlas; it shows the county boundary, principal towns, rivers, hills, and woods. The towns etc are marked by their initial letter plus a mark for their type - a cross above for a bishopric or city, a dot above for a princely palace,alone for a castle, a following decimal point (above the line) for a market town, a following stop for other principal places.
Only 3 sets of these cards are known, Schreiber Collection, BM, Royal Geographical Society, and in a private collection (Skelton 1970).
A further version of the card was issued about 1605, with much more educational material to be memorised. (This exists in proof state in the BM).

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reference:-  O'Donoghue, F M: 1901: Catalogue of the Collection of Playing-cards Bequeathed to the British Museum by Lady Charlotte Schreiber: (London)
Heawood, E: 1932: English County Maps in the Collection of the Royal Geographical Society: (London)
Hind, A M: 1938=1939: Elizabethan Pack of Playing-Cards: BM Quarterly: 13
Beresiner, Yasha: 1983: British County Maps
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