This early French cartomancy deck was published in 1788, and contains 66 cards with a variety of everyday figures, domestic scenes, as well as mythological figures. The titles of the cards are inscribed in brown ink. Although the set is described as "Cartomancy game for the amusement of Ladies", it is more or less contemporary with Antoine Court de Gébelin’s claims for the Egyptian origins of Tarot (1781) and also Jean-Baptiste Alliette’s book about tarot divination (1770) and his series of tarot decks for that purpose, which aroused more serious interest in these topics. Cartomancy was at this time evolving into a new form of parlour entertainment, which progressed into Mlle. Lenormand decks of the 19th century, with which people began to enquire about their destinies.
Almost 250 years later, today's vast selection of cartomancy, oracle and tarot decks offer countless new creative ways to explore your identity and see what your luck might be in the future.
• Bibliothèque nationale de France Jeu de Cartomancie pour l'amusement des Dames►
• Jean-Baptiste Alliette, “Etteilla, ou Manière de se recréer avec un jeu de cartes”, Amsterdam, 1770
• Antoine Court de Gébelin, “Le Monde primitif analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne”, Paris, 1777-1781.
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A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A political pack designed by Pino Zac and published in 1977 by Editions Arts et Lettres.
Calon Arang, a figure from 12th-century Javanese and Balinese folklore known as a witch skilled in b...
Etchings of cats on a set of major arcana created by Evelyne Nicod.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Standard French cards but printed with fluorescent inks on a black background.
Black-and-white photographs of models whose faces are made up using elements found on the major arca...
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
Mythological tarot by Michael Schatzberger, Passau, Bavaria, early 19th century.
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
German-suited Cartomancy deck published by Johann Ernst Backofen, Nürnberg.
French-suited Natural History Tarot deck by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Mythological and Allegorical tarot produced by Peter Paul Fetscher junior, Munich.
Roy Huteson Stewart's The Tarot Strikes Back combines Star Wars with Rider-Waite tarot imagery.
French-suited Animal Tarot deck produced by Andreas Benedict Göbl, Munich.
Scenic Tarock deck produced by Fabrique de Cartes J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), Suisse.
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
French-suited Æsop’s fables tarot produced by Leipzig Industrie Comptoir, c.1800-1825.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Famous people associated with Nicolas Fouquet’s splendid château of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
French navigators and explorers on a promotional pack for the C.M.C.R shipping company.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
Joan of Arc and her contemporaries in a colourful pack designed by Patrice Louis.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.