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The Ancient Tarot Tarot of Marseilles

by Nicolas Conver

The Ancient Tarot Tarot of Marseilles
Price: $19.95

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.6 x 4.7 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: A fine, even, neutral pattern, in white & maroon. May be inverted.

Booklet included: A long, folded sheet with 14 panes. A pane measures 2.6 x 4.75 inches, or 66 x 120 mm. Instructions in English, only.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo. Printed in Italy.

Comments: This is a reproduction of a Marseilles deck that was actually printed in Marseilles by one Nicolas Conver (publishing house active 1760-1890). By the look of it, this deck was printed in the early days of Conver & Cie. Notes with this deck say printers in Marseilles produced a better product at a lower price. Over a century they cornered the market, forcing printers elsewhere to copy them. This had the unfortunate consequence of ending regional tarot variations, until the introduction of the Rider-Waite deck in 1911.

There is a minor typo in the notes. Major Arcana 1 is given as The Fool & defined as Strong Will. This is, of course the Magician, aka Le Bateleur. Not a typo, Major Arcana 0 is given as The Madman & defined as Strangeness, which is The Fool, aka Le Mat. I rather like the alternative name of Madman.

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