This historic tarot deck was produced in Paris, France in 1650. The only known copy is preserved in the National Library of France. We referenced this deck for our restoration, including faithful reproductions of each card and a companion booklet that tells you about each card’s placement within the history and practice of Tarot.
The restoration consisted of meticulously redrawing and recoloring the images. We also clarified many of the details to create consistency. As with all of our decks, our goal is not to create an exact reproduction, but an elegant, refined deck that inspires the imagination of the modern reader.
Due to the age and craftsmanship of the original deck, many details are indistinct. Conditions of the time required cardmakers to labor quickly under a strict work environment, which led to this deck’s unique character.
There are many uncertainties surrounding the production of these cards. Most of the images are mirrored compared to its contemporaries, the style of the artwork varies throughout the deck, and the placement of the numerals and text suggest that they were added separately to the original design.
This deck was digitally recreated by Krisztina Kondor with the assistance of William Rader. They studied the images and researched their history to clarify and reveal hidden areas. To create consistency, the same color palette as used throughout the deck. The misaligned coloring was corrected and the details were also enhanced. Advances in card manufacturing have allowed this historic deck to be refined for the modern world.
- Standard tarot card size of 2.75″ x 4.75″
- Printed on premium 310gsm card stock
- Long lasting, linen finish for ease of shuffling and spreading
- Sturdy, elegant tuck box with the card back design printed around the outside
- Printed in the USA
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