Dating to 1588 this 52-card deck is based on one of the most significant works of Jost Amman, one of the more prolific artists of the German Renaissance. German printers experimented with a wide range of suit symbols, this deck uses Books, Jars, Printers' Ink Pads and Cups. As was common in German cards, there are no jacks and queens, but rather the German equivalents of an “unter” (“under” with the suit sign at the bottom of the card), an Ober (“over” with the suit sign at the top of the card) and kings on horseback. It also features a female figure as the 10 of each suit.
The art for this deck is based on photos of an original copy. The images have been enhanced to brighten the art, but otherwise are quite faithful to the appearance of the originals. In keeping with the authenticity of this deck, the backs of the cards are unadorned and there are no jokers.