The 40 card deck known as "Gioco Del Passa Tempo" (Game of the Passage of Time) was originally produced in 1690 by one of the most prolific engravers of the 17th century, Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (1634-1718). He created this and other games, as well as the Tarocchini di Bologna, which was published in 1664. This reproduction of Mitelli's fine etchings was published in 1991 by Edizione Il Meneghello as a limited edition of 2000 decks. This deck is #952/2000. All cards have an Italian title at the card top.
The engravings consist of 40 character figures, 20 of which are Trionfi (victories or triumphs) and represent goodly virtues or arts such as Valor, Vigilance and Music. These cards have stars flanking the top title. The remaining 20 cards, called Cartazze, represent vices such as Envy, Jealousy, Fury and False Love, identified with black dots flanking the top title. Card #20 contains the Italian rules of the game, with the artist's name and the date. Card #2, Mangia Bene (Eat Well) bears a date of 1690 on an urn. Some characters bear similarities to tarot archetypes, such as Fortuna, Incostanza, Astrologia, and of course Il Tempo Passo.
Cards are slightly larger than a standard tarot deck, with thick, un-coated parchment stock and plain parchment card backs. 1 hand-numbered title card is included. Packaged in a Meneghello book wrap that ties with a ribbon.
2 3/4" x 5 3/8" x .015"
70 mm x 136 mm x .39 mm