Historical Reproduction Tarot Decks
Artwork from antique and historical Tarot cards has been reproduced in these modern Tarot decks. Some art, such as the Cary-Yale Visconti, is as old as the fifteenth century, while the Knapp-Hall Tarot dates from 1929.
An early (eighteenth century) tarot deck with some unusual features. The Ancient Minchiate Etruria Tarot has 41 major arcana cards, which include astrological signs, the four virtues, and four elements, but not a high priestess/popess.
The Ancient Tarot of Marseilles is a precise reproduction of the historic Tarot de Marseilles created in 1760 by Nicholas Conver. This version is coloured with blocks of yellow, red, green and blue.
The Ancient Tarots of Bologna is a historical reproduction of an deck from 1780, created in Bologna, Italy. It is Italian but a Marseilles style deck, and is coloured in deep blues, faded greens and oranges.
The Ancient Tarots of Liguria-Piedmont is a reproduction of a historical Marseilles-style deck from the the northern Italian region of Piedmont. The original deck was published in 1860.
Another historical deck from Lo Scarabeo, the Ancient Tarots of Lombardy cards (also known as Tarocchi Neoclassico) were originally published in 1810. The majors and court cards are in a neoclassical artistic style, the minor arcana are pip cards.
The Book of Thoth Etteilla Tarot is a reproduction of a nineteenth century tarot deck based on the deck created by Etteilla, who was the first to create a deck solely for divinatory use.
First published in Italy in 1912, the Cagliostro Tarot has illustrated majors and playing-card like minors. The deck has a strong astrological connection and each card has a corresponding celestial symbol. The cards are reversible and the suits are Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds.
The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot is a faithful reproduction of an original Italian fifteenth century tarot deck. The deck has the 67 cards that are still in existence in Yale University's Cary Collection of Playing Cards, plus recreations for 19 missing cards. This Visconti deck is also unusual because it has male and female Knights and Pages in the court cards.
The Classic Tarot is a reproduction of a Milanese deck, dated 1835. The art is pen-and-ink and somewhat unusually coloured in bright oranges, lime greens and pinks but is the overall effect is harmonious.
The Deck of the Bastard was created to be a useable vintage deck: based on the Rider-Waite system, with illustrated minors, in English, and with keywords for both upright and reversed positions. It's a compilation of historical decks, including the Rider-Waite, Soprafino, Etteilla and others, and looks genuinely antique but without the downsides. Available in a quality, customisable edition from the artist.
The Tarot d'Epinal is a reproduction of a French deck from 1830, republished in the 1990s by Grimaud. It has 79 cards - the extra is called the 'Consultant' - and some trumps have been renamed.
The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-Sforza Deck is a reproduction of the 15th century Italian tarot, the Visconti Sforza. The borders of the 78 cards have been highlighted in a matte gold, and a hardback companion book is included in the set.
The Golden Wirth Tarot is majors-only edition of Oswald Wirth's 19th century tarot cards. The images on the 22 large-size cards have been enhanced by glittery gold foil.
The Knapp-Hall Tarot is a reprint of the original Knapp Tarot, which was first published in 1929. The majors have a French influence and the minors are unillustrated.
The Jean Dodal Tarot is a Marseilles-style Tarot, a modern restoration of the 22 Dodal trumps from 1712. Jean-Claude Flornoy, a French Tarot historian, restored the deck.
Le Veritable Tarot de Marseille ('The True Tarot of Marseilles') is a lovely Marseilles variation with subdued colouration, restored and reconstructed by French Tarotist, Kris Hadar. Close attention has been paid to the finer details of the cards. Published by Mortagne.
The Lenormand Oracle Cards, published by Lo Scarabeo, are a reproduction of a French Lenormand deck from 1890. The 36 cards have elegant, soft imagery with a serene and spacious feel.
This wonderful deck is a tarot ancestor, with only fifty cards. The Mantegna Tarot artwork, originally created in 1460, has been recoloured and highlighted with silver. What appears as mottled dark grey in the digital scans is actually bright silver foil.
The Minchiate Tarot is a reprint of the historical Ancient Minchiate Etruria Tarot. The deck is a photo reproduction of a Florentine Minchiate deck from 1725, which has 56 minors and 41 major arcana, with cards for the signs, planets and virtues.
The Primal Lenormand (also known as the Ur-Lenormand or the Lenormand Original) is a 36-card reproduction of the one of the earliest known Lenormand decks. It was originally conceived as a card game, The Game of Hope.
The Sola Busca Tarot is a redrawing of the oldest existing tarot deck, printed in the late fifteenth century in Italy. The deck shows biblical, Roman and mythological imagery, and it was the first deck to show full scenes on the minor arcana cards.
The Soprafino Tarot faithfully reproduces the images (stains and blemishes included) from the Tarocco Soprafino of F. Gumppenberg in Milan, a deck dating from around 1835. This reproduction by il Meneghello is a numbered edition, limited to 2000.
The Spanish Tarot is a bilingual Tarot deck titled in Spanish and English. The 78 cards are a reproduction of an eighteenth century Liguria-Piedmontese woodcut deck.
The Tarocchino Milanese a Doppia Figura is a 78-card reproduction of an Italian deck from 1880, used for the card game Tarocchino. The cards are unusual as each tarot image is halved and mirrored on the same card. Published in a limited edition of 2000 by il Meneghello.
The Tarocco Piemontese is a reproduction by Dal Negro of a 19th century Italian style of deck. It has double-ended imagery on the major arcana and court cards, and pip cards in the minor arcana.
The Tarot Classic is a full-colour reproduction of the 18th century woodcuts by Claude Burdel, republished by US Games in 1974. The art is in a Marseilles style, but is not the same as the Conver style.
Camoin and Jodorowski, French Tarot scholars, have restored crisp detail and outlines in their variation of the Tarot of Marseilles woodcut images.
This Tarot de Marseille, from French publishers Héron, is a modern duplication of Conver's 1760 Marseilles images which now reside in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Tarot de Marseille de Francois Chosson 1736 is a reproduction of an early, complete Marseilles deck by master cardmaker and engraver, Francois Chosson. Published in a carefully reproduced, quality limited edition of 3000 decks by Yves Reynaud.
The Tarot Flamand de 1780 is an authentic reproduction of a Flemish Tarot, originally in woodcuts. It's from eighteenth-century Belgium and differs somewhat in imagery from French or Italian Tarots.
The Tarot of the Master is a recoloured reprint of a Italian tarot deck first published in 1893. The Italian titles are not translated but each card has an individual keyword printed unobtrusively on the face.
Tarot of Visconti Grand Trumps is a majors-only edition of the Visconti Tarot, and has 22 large cards with black borders and a gold metallic treatment on the artwork.
Tarot Sola Busca is a careful reproduction of the 15th century tarot deck, which was the earliest deck to have 78 fully illustrated scenic cards. This is a very high quality, limited edition set from Lo Scarabeo in their Anima Antiqua series.
Les Tarots Marseille de Jean Noblet is another reproduction of Marseilles-style cards dating back to 1650. The 22 trump cards have been 'refreshed' by Jean-Claude Flornoy, who also restored the Jean Dodal Tarot.
A restoration of one of the oldest tarots, the Visconti-Sforza cards. The symbolism is the same in this version, but the Visconti Tarot cards have clearer colours and there are metallic gold leaf highlights and backgrounds. (The gold doesn't show up well in scans, unfortunately.)
The Visconti Tarot Mini is the miniature version of the Visconti Tarot from Lo Scarabeo. The cards measure 4.4cm by 8cm and are small enough to fit in a purse or pocket.
A reproduction of 74 tarot cards that were painted in the fifteenth century, the scenes in the Visconti-Sforza Tarot are authentically medieval. The cards are not titled (there is no text on the cards at all), and four cards have been recreated to make the full 78-card deck.