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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 de Marseille

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags marseilles pattern reviews 18th century the enlightenment

There's nothing particularly fancy about this deck, but it is very much what it claims to be. It is a very neat, orderly looking Marseilles pattern Tarot, with each card bearing a white background and primary colors for the illustrations. It doesn't deviate much from what you'd expect in a Marseilles deck, except that the captions and indices are very crisp and easy to read -- and moreover, the are in English! This pleased me. Personally, I have no intention of using it for divination, as I consider the Marseille pattern to be a primarily gaming deck, but that's just me. This deck is certainly durable enough to stand up to the wear of everyday use, and while the figure cards are not reversible, their clear indices would still make it pleasant to play with.

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Tarot de Nostradamus

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

Tags reviews the enlightenment 17th century

I'm not sure what this deck has to do with Nostradamus. When I look at it, I see a very early Marseilles pattern tarot deck with extremely authentic reproduction and coloration. I would recommend this deck to anyone who wants to get an idea of what playing cards would have looked like in their day. I would also heartily recommend it for use in props.

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