This reproduction of Claude Burdel's eighteenth-century tarot is now available in a popular miniature size.
This is one of the best resources for understanding the Tarot's mystical symbolism. It includes an updated history based on Place's The Tarot: History Symbolism and Divination, which "Booklist" said " may be the best book ever written on ...the tarot." This edition adds color illustrations of key works and comparative illustrations from the Renaissance, from alchemical texts, from ancient Egypt, and from occult sources. It views the Tarot as a 500-year visual conversation between artists, mystics, and occultists. The work is based on the 2010 Tarot exhibition at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum, curated by Place, and includes the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the 1st Italian printed deck, the oldest Tarot of Marseille, The 1st occult reference, the 1st occult Tarot, the 1st modern Tarot, the 1st New Age Tarot, and examples from popular modern decks including the Twilight Tarot, the Legacy Tarot, the Deviant Moon Tarot, the Annotated Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, and Place's Alchemical Tarot.
A lively and readable literary biography of a remarkable personality who was a central member of the Inklings, working closely with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in wartime Oxford. The book rediscovers the dramatic and contradictory life of a brilliant writer and publisher from a poor London background who became a ground-breaking theologian, fantasy novelist and poet but was also a member of occult groups, experimenting with magic and becoming a guru to a body ofdevoted followers. Based on intimate documents and letters, many of them embargoed until recently, it vividly recreates the public and private worlds of a charismatic and contradictory figure who wasfascinating, brilliant and deeply disturbing by turns. It is perhaps the strangest story in twentieth-century English literature.
Featuring rare playing cards, games, and game boxes exhibited at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, the book displays full-color plates of playing cards dating from the Civil War to the present. Included are Native American rawhide playing cards, baseball cards from 1888, and card boxes carved from bone by French prisoners of war between 1790-1814.