This pattern has origins in the late XV century and was the earliest tarot pack to be converted to double-ended format. The deck is shortened to only 62 cards by omitting the lower numeral cards 2-5 in each suit.
S. A. Beghi - Tarocco Bolognese
Tarocco Bolognese, formerly known as Tarocchino, made by S.A. Beghi, of Milan, 1948. Its use has always been confined to Bologna, and it has existed since the XV century. Early examples are single-ended. The trumps are numbered with Arabic numerals.
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975
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
The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.
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 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
“Encyclopedic Tarot” by C. L. Wüst with “bourgeois” views of life on the Trumps.
Belgian Tarot published by François-Jean Vandenborre, Brussels (1762-1803)
Original Tarot designs in Italian Renaissance style by Oliver Mundy.
Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 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.
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.
Trumps depict historical scenes primarily of the political period known as the Holy Roman Empire from the 6th to 16th century.
Gumppenberg published several new decks by artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot.
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.
Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald.
Russell Grant astro-tarot