Reproduction of an 18th century copper-engraved 22 trumps Tarot of Greek myths.
This 22 card Trump deck, variously titled as "22 Arcani Sec. XVIII", "22 Arcani Maggiori Tratti da incisioni su rame fine sec. XVIII" and also "Mysterious Engravings of the 18th Century," has Greek mythic imagery taken from late 18th century copper engravings, from a deck in the Osvaldo Menegazzi collection, and published in 1991 by Il Meneghello of Milan, Italy as a limited, numbered edition of 1000 sets.
The cards are slightly larger than standard tarot cards. Thick, lined parchment card stock has blank parchment card backs. There is no gloss or finish, rather these cards are un-coated, lending an antique feel.
On card faces, the character & scene engravings are printed in fine black lines, along with a traditional Italian card title and Roman number. One small variant of titles is that Judgement is named L'Angelo (the Angel). While most images in this deck come from Greek myths, a few resemble certain Mantegna or Minchiate type cards.
Some interesting characters include L'Imperatrice & L'Imperatore (Empress & Emperor), who portray Juno & Jupiter seated on cloud-borne thrones, along with their avian counterparts. Gli Amanti (the Lover) depicts the Greek mythic story of Leda & the Swan. L'Eremite (the Hermit) shows a female figure in a cave, perhaps a Sibyl or Oracle. La Forza (Strength) provides a scene of Hercules & Iolaus slaying the Lernea Hydra. La Temperanza (Temperance) appears to be Hera serving wine to Zeus, or perhaps it is Juno & Jupiter again. Il Mondo (the World) seems to be Atlas & Perseus, who rides Pegasus and displays the Medusa shield. 1 hand-numbered title card is included (number unknown).
A 2-sided divinatory sheet in Italian is included. Packaged in a Meneghello book-wrap that ties with a ribbon.
3" x 4 3/4" x .022"
76 mm x 120 mm x .55 mm
Condition description: Brand new, un-opened deck in as-issued, mint condition. Edition number unknown.
NOTE: Photos and scans of loose cards were taken from a duplicate, opened deck. Numbered card shown for reference only.