A large collection of over 200 decks of tarot cards, most dating to the second half of the 20th century with a few earlier and later outlying examples, from publishers in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, including reproductions of antique tarot decks, modern decks showcasing the work of particular artists, and decks providing a more whimsical approach to the arcana. Some decks unopened, a few decks incomplete, the rest all in excellent condition, with little to no signs of wear. Various sizes. Various cities. 1930s-2000s. Together with an assortment of over 100 catalogues and books related to the tarot, some pertaining to specific decks.
Tarot cards first appeared in the mid-15th century in Europe for playing games such as tarocchini in Italy and jeu de tarot in France. In the late 18th century, the cards began to be used for divination purposes. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards total: four suits of 14 cards each, with ten number cards and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack or Knave); and 22 "major arcana" cards without suits, including The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, The Wheel of Fortune, The Devil, and The Tower. Some decks only contain these 22 major arcana cards.
This collection presents an impressive overview of the history and study of tarot, with decks covering a wide breadth of time periods and styles. There are modern reprints of many important historical decks, including the Tarot de Marseille, the Minchiate Fiorentine, the Tarocchino Bolognese, the Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano de Ferdinando Gumppenberg, the Tarocchino Lombardo, the Rider-Waite deck, Aleister Crowlery's Thoth Tarot, and the Tarocchi Piemontesi. Also included are decks highlighting the work of various artists, including Carlo Piterá, Elena Assante, Elisabetta Cassari, Ernesto Solari, Ferenc Pinter, Franco Bruna, Andrea Picini, Giacino Gaudenzi, Giorgio Tavaglione, Amerigo Folchi, Pierrick Pinot, Robert Wang, Sergio Toppi, and others. Finally, a large number of the decks feature more fanciful and unconventional takes on the traditional tarot, with themes including cats, fables, gnomes, silent film stars, the Zodiac, Shakespeare, comics, and King Arthur. An impressive collection of remarkable scope. Book ID: 48661