Liber Ludorum Playing Cards

A deck of playing cards with designs based on the art style of the medieval insular gospel books ...

Liber Ludorum ... the book of games. A set of playing cards by Ian Cumpstey, drawn and decorated with the styles and patterns of the great medieval illuminated masterpieces, most famously exemplified by the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells. The aces are patterned as miniature carpet pages. The court cards are drawn in the style of the evangelist portraits with illuminated borders, but play on ideas associated with gameplay. All drawn in pen and ink and coloured with watercolour.

Liber Ludorum playing cards features:

  • 52 poker-sized (2.5" x 3.5") playing cards
  • 4 bonus cards
  • Custom artwork: 16 fully illustrated court cards and aces
  • Custom watercolour pip cards
  • Two-way back design
  • 320 gsm card stock (Superlux) with linen finish
  • Custom tuck box
  • Printed by Cartamundi in Belgium

Read more about the background and creation of the Liber Ludorum cards here.

Note these are the standard Liber Ludorum cards (2018). Special edition cards will hopefully be available to order from here in 2022. Sign up for email updates on this here.

Price for one pack: £13.00 (+ P&P)

Prices including P&P:

UK: £15.60
Europe: £19.00
Canada / Japan: £20.30
Australia / NZ: £21.40
USA: £20.50

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Playing cards are sent from the UK.

The prices on the form above are for a pack of cards plus postage. If you want to order more than one pack of cards, it may be possible to offer a cheaper postage cost for the combined package. Please don't use the form, but contact us by email if you want to request this: email

International orders of single packs of playing cards will be sent by standard airmail by default. If you want to request tracking for an order of a single pack of playing cards, please contact me by email (before ordering). UK orders will be sent by 2nd class post.