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Petit Etteilla

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I think this deck would be more useful to me if I spoke French, because then the markings on the cards would make a great deal more sense to me. Even as it is, I find the deck charming. They're not kidding about the Petit part though. The deck is small in size, the cards are thin, and there are only 32 of them. More than half the box is taken up with the miniature paperback that comes inside the little box.

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Tarot de Marseille

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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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 Maddonni

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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Although designed for divination, in my opinion this deck would be more suited to use in gameplay because the pip cards have simple numerals and icons rather than mnemonic drawings or labels. In addition, each of the pip cards bears reversible indices, which would make gameplay easier. I adore the artwork on these cards, which is a sort of psychadelic, iconographic, neo-pagan, Yellow Submarine kind of feel. I think they would be very fun to play with.

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Tarot de Nostradamus

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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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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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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First Use of the Codex

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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Kodeks IV NagHammadi
Kodeks IV NagHammadi
100s CE, Rome: The codex format is used for the first time.
A codex is the very earliest form of book that we had that looks like a book. Before the invention of the codex, all knowledge was written in scrolls or on tablets, or the walls of monuments. This was the first time we could leaf through information in such a convenient manner.

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The Game of Leaves

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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The game was often referred to as "gold speckled leaves", which does make it sound quite a lot like early gold-leaf Tarot cards. Many scholars will tell you that playing cards were invented in 827 because they have conflated these two games. If there is any relationship between these games, which I doubt, it is this:

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