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Visconti Sforza Tarot Cards Book Supplement – June, 1988

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Product Details

  • Series: Vs 78
  • Misc. Supplies: 78 pages
  • Publisher: United States Games Systems (June 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913866067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913866061
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katrina Black on January 13, 2001
There are so many "medieval" tarot decks available now, but almost all of them are unconvincing modern interpretations. This deck is the real thing, a genuine facsimile of one of the earliest known decks. Tooled gilt backgrounds and hauntingly sparse and beautiful pictures make this deck a joy to use. I would only recommend it for advanced readers, though, as the Minor Arcana consists of the Suit symbols only, with no pictures to signify the cards meanings.
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This is the Visconti Sforza Tarot... the most "complete" FAITHFULL reproduction of the original deck cards that started in the Milan during the last years of 15th century...but let me talk about the cards.78 cards...4 missing...the devil, tower, knight of coins and 3rd of swords...since originally they were missing from the visconti collection. the cards are a large size. so its hard to shuffle. i personally think it's great that it does not have titles...because it maintains that authentic look. this deck is great because it sets the modern fallacies that modern tarot decks drew away from. such as the hourglass of "Time" card in Visconti and the modern lamp carried by the modern "Hermit" card...other examples go on and on. perfectly preserved... beautiful...the flaw? you CAN distinguish so easily the "missing" cards from the original 74...and I wished that the artistry has made it more faithful in color and look. and this is NOT the meneghello edition...which has a better reproduction of the 4 "missing" cards if you ask me. but it's great anyway. and there is NO back design...just plain reddish/marroon! How boring! why is it gettng four stars? BECAUSE! flaw in colors of the "missing" cards...too big of a size (I wish they resized it smaller) and the "plain" back design. get it anyway, it's a great deck.
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This is the one and only as far as original images are concerned.

This would be the prototype of many others to come. I recently aquired this deck in its 2nd printing dated 1975. I absolutely love it, as it is the almost forgotten deck of so many modern ones! All others are launched from this one. I imagine many of the faces depicted here were actual individuals who lived during the Renaissance. Especially the court cards.

This deck is a must for serious collectors, readers and students of this wonderful art. It carries with it an eerie, from another time feel that should be experienced on its own. The sum of all Tarot decks is carried within. The "vibes" alone give it this supernatural effect that acts as a time machine.

There are no frills here. The cards themselves are large and difficult to handle. The backs are a simple dull red. The missing cards restored are obviously another artists interpretaions. All of the minors are not illustrated. Most readers should begin elsewhere. Nowadays, there are many places to start. Serious, advanced student should all be required to have a copy of this deck in their collection.

The other decks that mimic this one fall short. Lo Scarabeo published one close with gold leaf restored. It has writing on it and shrunk down to standard size-distracting. Also for a fun spin on this classic is The Medieval Scapini Tarot. I list that as one of my favorites.

Now just imagine finding this set of cards in a Milanese castle in a strongbox with other artifacts within. The possibilites are the fuel of novels greater than The Davinci Code...
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These are large but probably resemble the originals closer than other affordable version. They are on nice card stock, which I appreciate. Comparing cards from this deck to identical cards on the "Golden Tarot Visconti Sforza" deck by Mary Packard; Packard's cards have visually brighter colors. Perhaps they used some color filters and touched up the missing paint, thereby better bringing out details. Packard's are therefore more pleasing to the eye. Some of the figures on the Pierpont Morgan deck seem to get lost in the drab brown background color but such is realism. The borders on Pierpont however are soft and do not box in the image. I like that. While Packard's cards are smaller, the card stock isn't as good so I can't see them as being durable. I haven't figured out how to shuffle these large Pierpont cards but I'm thinking about it. One could use them and they would be durable.

It appears as though smaller decks like Kat Black's and the Medieval Scapini are hand sized but the original images have been more altered.

I think the value in these Pierpont Morgan cards is in the preservation of the exact image originally created. I am finding totally different explanations for some of the cards. The Hermit, for example, carries a sundial not a lantern and is identified with time. If you wish to read the cards as they were meant to be, this would serve that purpose. So far as realism and quality I believe this deck is a good buy.
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What a beautiful and mysterious deck this is! I'll start right off by acknowledging that this is not for everyone--It's incredibly large (double the size of your regular deck) and does not lend itself to being shuffled easily. This is strictly for the advanced users, and even then will most likely only used on special occasions. For Medieval Faire mystics, this it the deck to use for that 15th century authenticity.

The cards are stunning! They look aged and have a lot of flecked paint look, but really capture the danger and lost time of the Renaissance. It has replacement cards for the 4 missing, and 6 others that were included that were done by a different artist. Many people have complained about the back of the cards being too plain and maroon in color, but that happens to be my favorite color and it doesn't look at all bad.

I recommend this deck for everyone for art, and as a previous reviewer stated, every serious Tarot student should have this deck.

For Beginners, I recommend these decks: Aquarian Tarot Deck Cards, Rider-Waite Tarot by Waite, A.E..

For another deck like this one: Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck

Definitely worth picking it up, just expect to admire the artwork more than use the cards.
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