This delightful 42-card oracle deck was published in Paris in 1807. It incorporates a mixture of single-ended and double-ended cards with fortune-telling titles, containing cartomancy and tarot imagery, along with miniature French-suited playing cards and the occasional astrological symbol here and there. The repertoire of images is derived in part from tarot allegories, but also includes other fortune-telling imagery (cupid, a fair-haired woman, theological virtues, jealousy, robbery, prison, etc), all mixed together. The sequence of cards is numbered 1 - 42, but the miniature playing cards and images are randomly allocated throughout the deck.
The 64-page booklet contains an advert for a book titled “Le Véritable Etteila” ou l’Art de tirer les Cartes. Etteilla (Jean-Baptiste Alliette) had by this time gained a reputation as the grand-father of fortune telling, having published several books on the subject in the 1780s, and a cartomantic tarot pack (Grand Etteilla or Tarot « Égyptien »), but apart from those tarot allegories derived from his pack, the rest of this deck has nothing to do with Etteilla. After his death a nunber of cartomancy decks were associated posthumously with Etteilla and this has led to some confusion as to which ones, if any, were endorsed by him.
Mme Gueffier also published “Le Nouvel Etteilla” in 1806.
Another example of this pack can be seen at the British Museum website: Museum number 1982,U.4592.1-42►
Alliette, Jean-Baptiste: Manière de se récréer avec le jeu de cartes nommées tarots, Amsterdam & Paris, 1783 • Manière de se récréer avec le jeu de cartes nommées tarots►
Depaulis, Thierry: Tarot, jeu et magie, exposition catalogue, Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, 1984 (no.132).
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