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Sola-Busca Tarot

Also known as Ancient Enlightened Tarot

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.

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Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Lo Scarabeo 2000


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Sola-Busca Tarot review by Clare McHale

As of the 2nd of August 2002 I am the befuddled owner of the interesting, if somewhat obscure, (to me at least!) I Tarocchi Illuminati tarot deck, also known as Illuminating Ancient Tarot, Enlightened Ancient Tarot, Ancient Enlightened Tarot (at Amazon.co.uk), Ancient Warriors Tarot (so called in the preface of the book 'Sola Busca Tarot' by Sofia Di Vincenzo) and of course Sola-Busca Tarot in honour of the Sola-Busca family, who were the last ones to own the original deck.

Published in 1995, this deck is a replica of a 1900s reproduction of the original, which was created in Italy in the 1500s. The Encyclopaedia of Tarot Volume 1 by Stuart R. Kaplan tells us about the original pack:

"Sola Busca. The heavily colored Sola Busca tarocchi pack - the only complete e...
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Theme: Historical Reproduction

More About These Cards


Name: Sola-Busca Tarot
Alternate Names: Ancient Enlightened Tarot
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2000
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Italian
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes With Suit Symbols
Suits: Pentacles, Wands, Swords, Chalices
Court Cards: Knave, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: Mato, Panfilio, Postumio, Lenpio, Mario, Catulo, Sesto, Deo Tauro, Nerone, Falco, Venturio, Tulio, Carbone, Catone, Bocho, Metelo, Olivo, Ipeo, Lentulo, Sabino, Nenbroto, Nabuchodenasor
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 2.60 x 4.72 in. = 6.60cm x 12.00cm
Card Back: Unknown


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