Includes Book And Deck! Samlerobjekt!
The Universal Tarot of Marseille―named after the royal French city where it was first produced-takes us to the fascinating origins of tarot. This reproduction's enhanced clarity and color breathe new life into the historical images, which date back to 1751.
It is truly a shame that the book, which is much more than the little book that usually comes with cards, is only available in this out of print box set. It is a little gem, one of only a few extant books in English teaching a method of reading the Marseilles Tarot, which can be a challenge for anyone who had become accustomed to the illustrated pip cards of the standard Rider Waite deck and its army of imitators.
There is a lot packed into the 64 pages of this little book. Instead of just providing an array of canned meanings to memorize, the author establishes ways to interpret based on suit themes and a kind of numerology. The history of the Marseilles deck and it's symbolism is handled expertly and tightly, and is largely influenced, it appears to me, by the writing of Robert O'Neill, whose book is also out of print and currently prohibitively expensive.
This great little book offers a good startup guide to anyone picking up the TdM. And the deck that comes in this set, which at first I found ghastly, grows on you.
137 x 199 x 35mm