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1JJ Swiss Tarot Deck

a traditional deck

The 1JJ Swiss Tarot Deck
Price: $18.00
Shipping: Orders to US addresses: Fast 3 day shipping $5.00. Free shipping for the 2nd, 3rd & 4th decks (mix or match) when ordered at the same time (the shopping cart may say differently). (Does not apply to deck & book sets.)

International orders: Airmail for the first deck $7.00. Airmail for 1, 2 or 3 more decks (total of four, mix or match), $11.00, when ordered at the same time. (Again, the shopping cart may say differently, and this offer does not apply to deck & book sets.)

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.4 x 4.4 inches; or 61 x 111 millimeters.

Back of card: Dull orange with black & blue crosshatching. Identical to that on the back of the Rider Waite deck, except for the color (Rider is blue & black).

Booklet included: No, a leaflet, 10 pages, 2.1 x 3.9 inches, or 54 x 98 mm. Text by Stuart Kaplan.

Publisher: US Games. Printed in Switzerland.

Comments: One of the earliest tarot decks & of the "Marseilles" type: The numbered court cards are elaborately drawn "playing cards" with the required amount of symbols (cups, pentacles, swords, wands) but no pretty pictures to suggest cute stories. So, as with other decks in this series, you have to know your number symbolism to make this deck work.

To our untrained eyes, this deck looks like 78 woodcuts that were later hand-tinted. Use of color in this deck is restricted, more so in the court cards & major arkana than the pips (bolder colored, surprisingly). On two cards, the manufacturer has placed his own logo: The shield of the Emperor reads, "Fabrique de cartes J. Muller & Cie" (translation, for the French-impaired: Cards made by J. Muller & Co.). And on the two of Pentacles, the words, "Fabrique de cartes a Schaffhouse", which means, "Cards made in Schaffhouse [Switzerland]".

This brings up an interesting question that perhaps readers of Stuart Kaplan's Tarot Encyclopedia can answer: It appears to us the publisher, AGM Muller, may have taken 22 major arkana cards from an old source & added to them 56 minor arkana cards of its own design. If anyone knows, we'd appreciate hearing.

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