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Posts on 19th Century

Ancient Tarot of Lombardy

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags reviews the enlightenment 19th century

This deck is precisely what it purports to be; the pictures on the box are an accurate representation of the artwork in the deck itself. The deck design is utilitarian in nature, and so might be appropriate for game play. Neoclassical artwork leaves me cold, but if that's what you like then you should expect to be very pleased by this deck. Though not in my favorite style, I must admit that the engravings are quite fine and the illustrations are beautiful examples of their period.

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Tarot Genoves

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I purchased this deck hoping to use it for gaming, which is why I'm so pleased with it. While it is an extremely authentic reproduction of an 1887 design, it also bears all the features of modern playing cards, including reversible indices and reversible images on the major arcana and the pip cards. It does include a divinatory manual, but I have no doubt that the original deck was a gambler's deck.

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Papus

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags history the hermetic tradition 19th century kabbalah spanish french 1865

Papus (1865-1916)
Papus (1865-1916)
Papus was a French doctor, hypnotist, and occultist, who founded the modern Martinist Order and helped to popularize occultism. He was born in Spain in 1865, but his family moved to Paris when he was four years old, and he received his education there. He wrote about the Tarot from a Kabbalistic perspective, and was an expert on the works of Éliphas Lévi.

Papus in a Martinist lodge
Papus in a Martinist lodge

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