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The Victorian Romantic Tarot Deck: Based on Original Victorian Engravings Paperback – October, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Realist Press; Gmc Tcr Cr edition (October 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905572034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905572038
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,766,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Mahony founded Baba Studio with Alex Ukolov in 2002. Their work has since appeared in numerous design magazines and New Age publications in the US and Europe. Baba Studio’s illustrations now appear on internationally licensed products such as needlework kits.

Alex Ukolov is an artist and designer specializing in using traditional Russian styles and techniques with a fresh modern twist. Originally from the Crimea, he now lives in Prague, where he is Creative Director of Baba Studio.

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Kudos to Karen and Alex for another great Tarot deck!
Janet Boyer
I would highly recommend this deck for anyone interested in the Tarot.
Asradel
It was love at first sight and I know that this love will last.
M. Meunier

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
"When Alex and I first decided to do this deck, we were driven, quite simply, by finding a remarkable old edition of a book of art engravings published in Germany in the late nineteenth century. Looking through the very dusty pages, we were excited by the pictures that we found there. So much of the work we saw had been largely overlooked or even denigrated by formal art history. Neither Pre-Raphaelite or Impressionist, it mostly fell into the categories of Victorian genre painting, or Victorian Classicism, which nowadays quite unfashionable. Yet it was often done with extreme technical skill and, it weemed to us, with narrative flair too. These were paintings that, first and foremost, told stories." - From the companion book

Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov--the creative pair from baba studio that birthed the Tarot of Prague, Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot and The Fairytale Tarot--have turned their attention on little-known 19th century art.

The result? The Victorian Romantic Tarot.

As with The Fairytale Tarot, one of my favorite elements of this box set is Karen's insightful prose. I have read every word of the 216-page companion book, and as always, I've come away with new insights about the Tarot. The Victorian Romantic Tarot serves up juxtaposition between two worlds, which multiplies possible meanings for the cards. For example, the unabashed female Devil card could indicate that "wickedness can bring both independence and liberation" just as much as pointing to materialistic indulgence!

And while most associate steely determination with The Chariot, the authors' choice of image could just as readily point to "enjoying the ride", as indicated by two of four the female riders. So is the destination--perhaps ruthless pursued--the goal...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
(Note: This review is about the box set, which includes Ms. Mahony's companion book. The deck alone doesn't come with the companion book.)

"When Alex and I first decided to do this deck, we were driven, quite simply, by finding a remarkable old edition of a book of art engravings published in Germany in the late nineteenth century. Looking through the very dusty pages, we were excited by the pictures that we found there. So much of the work we saw had been largely overlooked or even denigrated by formal art history. Neither Pre-Raphaelite or Impressionist, it mostly fell into the categories of Victorian genre painting, or Victorian Classicism, which nowadays quite unfashionable. Yet it was often done with extreme technical skill and, it weemed to us, with narrative flair too. These were paintings that, first and foremost, told stories." - From the companion book

Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov--the creative pair from baba studio that birthed the Tarot of Prague, Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot and The Fairytale Tarot--have turned their attention on little-known 19th century art.

The result? The Victorian Romantic Tarot.

As with The Fairytale Tarot, one of my favorite elements of this box set is Karen's insightful prose. I have read every word of the 216-page companion book, and as always, I've come away with new insights about the Tarot. The Victorian Romantic Tarot serves up juxtaposition between two worlds, which multiplies possible meanings for the cards. For example, the unabashed female Devil card could indicate that "wickedness can bring both independence and liberation" just as much as pointing to materialistic indulgence!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Cherry Owen on November 4, 2006
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Well..

Those Magic Realists just continue to delight. I have been working with this deck daily for about two weeks now- since its first arrival on the shores of Maine- and I continue to astonished by the seamless intergration of art with meaning. Both Alex and Karen are brilliant artists and thinkers!!!!

I have studied Victorian art for twenty-five years, so perhaps this is the deck for which I have been just waiting to come along. (My sister says I am not allowed to use the word "resonate" anymore-it sounds too trendy)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kami Robinson on August 9, 2011
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I ordered "The Victorian Romantic Tarot KIT", but I received the RUSSIAN version of "The Victorian Romantic Tarot CARDS" only. I will not be returning the deck because it is a beautiful deck, and OOP. (Out Of Print) I have been attempting for some time to acquire the3 English version , and the KIT! I really wanted the book to help with card interpretations. As it is I had to look up the deck on "Magic Realist Press"'s website, to even identify the cards. The deck was un-opened. However when I opened it I was surprised to find the cards out of order, some even upside down. Several of the cards have a flaw that almost looks like a crease or a line 1/3 of the way down. It's not bad, but I noticed it. Obviously this was a printing fault , rather than a fault of the seller. However it IS the sellers fault that they were advertised as the full KIT, not a deck only. And while I had looked at the Russian version before, I did NOT order it. I am not deducting any stars because the deck itself is wonderful. I LOVE everything Karen and Alex make! I highly recommend any and all products by Baba Studio's and Magic Realist Press! I am thrilled to finally own these cards , they will just require a bit of extra effort on my part to learn them, and track down a companion book. (also OOP!) I believe all the extra effort in acquiring and learning this deck will bond me to it deeper and will pay off in spades in the readings!
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Karen Mahony was born in Belfast, N. Ireland, but moved to the UK when she was seventeen. Since then she's lived in Canterbury, London, Woodbridge in Suffolk and, since 2001, in Prague, Czech Republic. She runs Baba Studio and The Magic Realist Press with her partner Alex Ukolov from a studio in the centre of the old city.


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