The Key to the Kingdom

The Key to the Kingdom : An Enchanted Deck of Transformation Playing Cards – a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm

By (author) Tony Meeuwissen

This extraordinary book-plus kit comprises a deck of richly illustrated transformation cards, designed by award-winning artist and illustrator Tony Meeuwissen, plus an accompanying book of corresponding verses Transformation cards or decks of playing cards in which conventional suit signs were transformed into fanciful designs, originated in 18th century Europe.

The Key to the Kingdom recreates this clever conceit with aweinspiring flair and inventiveness. Both the book, and the fabulously illustrated deck of cards, draw on traditional nursery rhymes and riddles for inspiration. Meuwissen’s luminous artwork is rich in visual and literary puns which tease the brain and delight the eye. This is truly a one-of-a kind masterwork from a brilliant artist with an incredible imagination.

The Key to the Kingdom – a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.


Dimensions 114.3 x 170.2 x 43.2mm | 430.92g
Publication date 17 Oct 2005
Publisher Running Press
Imprint Running Press,U.S.
Publication City/Country Philadelphia, United States
Language English
Illustrations note four colour illustrations
ISBN10 0762421371
ISBN13 9780762421374
Source: Bookdepository.com

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Key to the Kingdom: An Enchanted Deck by Tony Meeuwissen
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Transformation cards, or decks of playing cards in which conventional suit signs were transformed into fanciful designs, originated in 18th century Europe. The Key to the Kingdom recreates this clever conceit with awe-inspiring flair and inventiveness. Our extraordinary book-plus, first published in 1992 (more than 70,000 copies sold) comprises a deck of richly illustrated transformation cards designed by award-winning artist and illustrator Tony Meeuwissen, plus an accompanying book of corresponding verses. Now the deluxe edition features an even more stunning package with new slipcase and book cover design. Both the book and the fabulously illustrated deck of cards draw on traditional nursery rhymes and riddles for inspiration. Meuwissen’s luminous artwork is rich in visual and literary puns which tease the brain and delight the eye. This is truly a one-of-a-kind masterwork from a brilliant artist with an incredible imagination. – Goodreads.com