Whilst most early Tarock packs had mythological or rural scenes on the Trump cards, gradually any series of pictures became permissible on the Trumps. Fashion soon proved stronger than tradition and cardmakers competed with one another to produce the most attractive or unusual series of Trump cards. The illustrated, French-suited Bourgeois Tarot originated with C. L. Wüst of Frankfurt in c.1860. It was the last of the standard tarots to be used in Germany and has scenes of middle class activity on the Trumps. This pack inspired many makers including those in France and Switzerland to imitate the pattern, including the court cards, with varying degrees of artistic merit and with variations in the scenes of bourgeois life on the trumps. This pattern is more popular in France for playing games than the Tarot de Marseille.
The example shown here is by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken. See also: Bourgeois Tarot by Grimaud, France
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi, c.1850
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
V. F. Solesio Tarot, Genoa, mid-late 19th century
Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison.
“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).
The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection.
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
Tarot, originally a 15th century card game from Italy, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality.
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013
The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004.
French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron
Tarot des Pompiers de Paris, a French Fire Brigade tribute tarot deck
Stefano Vergnano’s Tarot and playing card factory holds a special place in the history of the Tarot.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
The highly individual Sicilian Tarot has the Italo-Portuguese suit system with straight, interlocking swords and batons, and maids instead of jacks
Piatnik & Söhne “Industrie und Glück” Tarok c.1905-1910.
“Encyclopedic Tarot” by C. L. Wüst with “bourgeois” views of life on the Trumps.
Belgian Tarot published by François-Jean Vandenborre, Brussels (1762-1803)
‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906.
Original Tarot designs in Italian Renaissance style by Oliver Mundy.
Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.
Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century.
Scott Hill has been working on a tarot pack which can also be used to play card games, the pack has been designed to revive tarot and make it a fun and social interaction.
After the first edition of the Rider-Waite tarot in 1909 four further editions were published till approx 1940. These differ in several attributes: outline artwork, colours, lettering and card thickness.
Rider Waite Tarot early editions
The Rider Waite Tarot was created at the beginning of the 20th century by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith.
Serravalle-Sesia Tarot published by Fratelli Avondo, c.1880.
Inner Realms was conceived from sacred geometry that inspired me to create and then pick out pieces of that design that amazed me, or inspired me to create another design...
The vibrant colours and artwork glorify the symbolism, mood and positive energy in this exciting new tarot deck from Australia.
Instead of the old emblematic designs, the trump cards show illustrations of animals, which could possibly have symbolic meanings or moralizing interpretations.
The woodcuts were produced by Francois Georgin (1801-1863), a famous engraver during the Napoleonic period, retaining the composition and general features of the Tarot de Marseille.
Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics.
The title refers to “a new form of Tarocchini”. Mitelli's designs are to a high standard of artistic quality and a complete departure from the old tradition, especially the 22 Trump cards which are unnamed and unnumbered.
During the late 1940s and 1950s The Insight Institute, of New Malden in Surrey, ran correspondence courses on the Tarot, which consisted of lessons with homework which was checked by tutors as well as a set of 'Authenticated' Tarot cards.
Piatnik was known for their magnificent quality of chromo-lithographic printing, and this facsimile, or reprint, of “Soldaten Tarock No. 217” is virtually as magnificent as the original.