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The History of Tarot Art: Demystifying the Art and Arcana, Deck by Deck

The History of Tarot Art: Demystifying the Art and Arcana, Deck by Deck

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In this luxurious, slipcased volume, delve into the art styles, artists, and fascinating historybehind more than a dozen of the world’s most noteworthy tarot decks.

Guided by Holly Adams Easley and Esther Joy Archer, hosts of the popular Wildly Tarot podcastThe History of Tarot Art provides a fresh look at the influence of tarot from its beginnings to today. This gorgeous book features:

  • A slipcased hardcover format
  • Large, full-color illustrations and compelling text chronicling the history of tarot through its art
  • 24 removable Sola-Busca tarot cards
  • An illustrated foldout timeline with important dates in tarot development on one side and a cheat sheet on the meanings of the Rider-Waite-Smith, Thoth, and Tarot de Marseille cards on the reverse
  • Tips for how to do your own tarot readings

Discover how tarot morphed from a fifteenth century card game to a popular modern activity. Learn more about the stories behind the art of tarot’s most influential decks, like 
Rider-Waite-Smith and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, as well as the female artists whose work was often overshadowed in their time.

Take a close look at the Visconti, Sola-Busca, Tarot de Marseille, Aquarian, Morgan-Greer, Motherpeace, Cosmic, Druidcraft, Wild Unknown, and Deviant Moon decks, alongside dozens of contemporary decks.

In many cases, you’ll see how tarot art reflects its era. The 
Morgan-Greer deck, for example, could only have been born in the 1970s. More recent decks, such as Black Power Tarot and Fifth Spirit Tarot, aim to represent more diverse experiences in regard to race, gender, and sexuality.

Whether you’re a longtime tarot practitioner or a newcomer to the practice, you’ll find fascinating new insights in this retrospective.


ISBN-13: 978-0760371244
Imprint: Epic Ink
Pub Date: 30 Nov. 2021
Product Type: Hardback
Page Count: 256 pages
Size: 26.67 x 3.18 x 29.21 cm
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