Cary-Yale Visconti 15th Century Tarocchi Deck

Cary-Yale Visconti 15th Century Tarocchi Deck
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Cary-Yale Visconti 15th Century Tarocchi Deck
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  • $45.00
 

This complete 86-card Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi deck includes facsimile reproductions of 67 extant 15th century cards, plus 19 cards recreated to replace missing cards from the original pack. The 24 court cards are of particular interest because they include both male and female knights and pages. The 67 extant cards, believed to have been painted by Bonifacio Bembo, are housed in the Cary Collection of Playing Cards, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, at Yale University. This deluxe edition includes a 68-page guidebook with color illustrations, expanded meanings by Stuart R. Kaplan, and an in-depth history of tarot cards by Thierry Depaulis.

Specs
  • SKU
    CY86
  • Weight
    1.81 lbs
  • ISBN
    978-0-88079-038-3
  • Size
    Cards measure 3.65" x 7.75" Box measures 4.5"x 8.25"
  • Language
    EN, ES

What Customers Are Saying About Cary-Yale Visconti 15th Century Tarocchi Deck

When I first acquired this deck I was so impressed by its art. The cards are rich with gold. The pictures have a distinct fabric texture. The deck consists of 86 cards. There the 22 majors and 64 minors. The additional cards come from male and female knights and pages. The Popess (Priestess) is replaced by Charity; the Pope (Hierophant) is replaced by Faith; and the Star is Hope. Thus the three virtues are present for the readings. The suits are swords, staves (wands), cups, and coins (pentacles).

The guidebook provides a history and keys to both upright and reversed positions. The author, Stuart R. Kaplan, demonstrates his understanding of the history and uses of this deck. He also states that there is no direct evidence that the deck was used for divination. He further asserts that the people of the Renaissance were fascinated with the occult and that these cards may have been used for this purpose.

I hesitated to do a spread because of the different structure and the absence of numbers or names (this may complicate a reading for those who are not accustomed to examining the art of the cards) but I did a 10 card spread as suggested by the book. First, I relied on the book for help in the meanings. The virtues provide a different depth for a reading. The pip cards were not difficult since my first deck was of the Marsailles group. The meanings were similar. The male and female pages and knights provided a broader reading. The court cards have facial expressions which are similar to art of this period. At the personal level, they communicate the richness of the Renaissance.

This deck is a beautiful addition to the historical tarot collection. When used for readings, it may causes the beginner problems due to the lack of numbers and structure of the court cards. The extra large size of the cards may make shuffling difficult. Overall, I find this deck valuable for the history and the use in readings. 

—James Mathis, Aeclectic Tarot

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