A beautiful restoration of one of the earliest of the Marseille Type II Tarot decks, faithfully reproduced by Tarot de Marseille Heritage. Exquisite care was taken to recreate the deck as it appeared in 1736.
Also includes a reproduction of a Chosson paper wrapper of the type commonly used to package Tarot cards before the 20th century.
From Tarot de Marseille Heritage Frequently Asked Questions:
The original copies were totally respected. So, the size of cards, their satiny aspect and their thickness, their square corners, the tone of colors and the back of cards were reproduced as before, and in the original scale. We also preserved the defects bound to the technique of the period, such as the variable density of the black, the smudges of colors and the “ghosts” tracks, resulting from trial printings realized on the back of the paper. The preservation of all these details, which is a part of the charm of the ancient decks, thus restores as much as possible the original copy, and so respects the initial work. Of course, our republications are not realized with the same techniques as in the period: printing of the features with moulds cut in the wood of pear tree, application of colors with brush and stencil, the smoothing of cards with the round stone, the sticking of cards first side and reverse on an étresse, etc. However, the greatest care was brought to the realization of our facsimiles, from the graphic work to the final printing. Tarot of Marseilles Heritage so proposes to the public some exclusive historic republications of Tarots of Marseilles, constituting facsimiles for the first time entirely corresponding to the original copies, so realizing a unique collection, preserving this ancestral heritage, and making it accessible to all.
This deck is packaged in sturdy, glossy cardboard box. Numbered stickers will be on the package, with 2 (one French, one English) corresponding hand-numbered informational cards inside. Also includes a reproduction of the paper wrapper.
2 9/16" x 4 13/16" x .018"
65 mm x 122 mm .48 mm