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Marseilles Tarot 1751


History of the Tarot of Marseille

Tarot of Marseilles Information - Google 

Tarot of Marseilles Information - Wikipedia 

Universal Tarot of Marseille 1751  Reproduced by Lo Scarabeo.  "The Universal Marseille Tarot is based on a Swiss deck created in 1751 by by Claude Burdel, retaining the woodcut look but with more natural colour shading. It has now been published as a standalone deck, and is due to published later as a kit with a companion book written by Lee Bursten." - Aclectic Tarot  
Llewellyn Publications, Cards and booklet edition, 2006.  The name of each card is given in English and Spanish.  ISBN: 978-0738709505.  There are are numerous differently colored versions and slightly modified versions of this traditional popular deck available now in print.  VSCL.  


"Michael Dummett's research led him to conclude that - based on the lack of earlier documentary evidence - the Tarot deck was probably invented in northern Italy in the 15th century and introduced into southern France when the French conquered Milan and the Piedmont in 1499. The antecedents of the Tarot de Marseille would then have been introduced into southern France at around that time. The game of tarot died out in Italy but survived in France and Switzerland. When the game was reintroduced into northern Italy, the Marseille designs of the cards were also reintroduced to that region. 

The name Tarot de Marseille is not of particularly ancient vintage; it was coined at least as early as 1889 by the French occultist Papus (Gérard Encausse) in Chapter XI of his book le Tarot des bohémiens (Tarot of the Bohemians), and was popularized in the 1930s by the French cartomancer Paul Marteau, who used this collective name to refer to a variety of closely related designs that were being made in the city of Marseille in the south of France, a city that was a centre of playing card manufacture, and were (in earlier, contemporaneous, and later times) also made in other cities in France. The Tarot de Marseille is one of the standards from which many tarot decks of the 19th century and later are derived."
Tarot of Marseilles Information - Wikipedia 



Major Arcana of Marseille Deck

0.    Le Mat (The Fool) 
1.    Le Bateleur (The Mountebank, The Juggler, The Magician)
2.    La Papesse (The Papess, or The Female Pope)
3.    L'Impératrice (The Empress)
4.    L'Empereur (The Emperor)
5.    Le Pape (The Pope, or The Hierophant)
6.    L'Amoureux (The Lovers)
7.    Le Chariot (The Chariot)
8.    La Justice (Justice)
9.    L'Hermite (The Hermit)
10.  La Roue de Fortune (The Wheel of Fortune)
11.  La Force (Strength, or Fortitude)
12.  Le Pendu (The Hanged Man)
13.  La Mort, (Death)
14.  Tempérance (Temperance)
15.  Le Diable (The Devil)
16.  La Maison Dieu (The House of God, or The Tower)
17.  L'Étoile (The Star)
18.  La Lune (The Moon)
19.  Le Soleil (The Sun)
20.  Le Jugement (Judgement)
21.  Le Monde (The World)




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