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Odd-even Divided Deck

This variety of divided deck, used for card locations, appears to predate the red-black divided deck by centuries. It appeared in an unpublished 17th century manuscript known as Sloane 424, c. 1600s, p. 142 of the Pieper translation. This anonymous manuscript was translated in Gibecière, Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 2010, p. 141-172. It also appears in R.P.'s Ein Spiel Karten, 1853, p. 48 of the Pieper translation, titled “The Quickly Found Cards.” And Reinhard Müller reports finding the description of a divided pack (nature of division not stated) in Verschiedenes zum Unterricht und zur Unterhaltung für Liebhaber der Gaucheltasche, des Magnetismus, und anderer Seltenheiten by Hofrath von Echershausen, München, 1791.