1811, Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, George Colman, Francis Beaumont, Peter Whalley, The dramatic works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont and Fletcher: printed from the text, volume 1, printed for John Stockdale, page 455:
Well, take him out o' the stocks again; we'll go a sure way to work, we'll ha' the ace of hearts of our side, if we can.
1879, Charles Dickens, All the year round: a weekly journal, volume 42, Published at the Office, page 42:
The ace of hearts is appropriated to Europe, the king of hearts to London; while the other picture-cards are assigned to other countries and cities.
2006, Gerhard Gschwandtner, Sales Stories to Sell By: 95 True Accounts of Success You Can Use to Close More Deals, edition illustrated, McGraw-Hill Professional, ISBN 9780071475853, page 9:
On Thursday, I express-mailed the king of hearts to the president. Then on Friday, with my heart pounding, I approached the president's office. At the secretary's desk I whipped out my next playing card and announced, "Please tell Mr. Zale that the ace of hearts is here to see him."
Noun: the playing card, as representing a house in future-tellingEdit
The ace of hearts is always the house of the person consulting the facts.
1967, Robert Chambers, The book of days: a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature, and oddities of human life and character, volume 1, edition illustrated, Gale Research Co., ISBN 9780810330023, page 283:
The ace of hearts always denoting the house of the person consulting the decrees of fate, some general rules are applicable to it.