Giordano Berti and Rinascimento Italian Style Art have reproduced a dazzling, new color edition of the Tarot of Papus from 1909. This edition has been colorized by the Italian artist Virginia Covoni following the detailed instructions of Giordano Berti who has elected to use a color coding system for the minor arcana based on the conceptions of Papus and the occultists with whom he was in close collaboration.
Papus (a follower of Eliphas Levi) was the pen-name of Gerard Encausse (b. July 13 1865 - d.1916), one of the most influential occultists in 19th century European & American tarot traditions. In 1889, he published "Le Tarot des Bohemiens", (translated by Arthur Edward Waite in 1892 as "Tarot of the Bohemians" [i.e. Gypsies]).
The 22 Major Arcana of Papus reflect, in part, the descriptions of the Egyptian Tarot provided by Paul Christian in his Histoire de la Magie (Paris, 1870) and the artwork illustrated by the young artist Gabriel Goulinat for "Le Tarot Divanatoire," following the instructions given to him by Papus. The minor Arcana, instead, are strongly inspired by the Tarot of Etteilla.
Giordano Berti, in his new version, has omitted the sanskrit and Egyptian language symbols of the original, and preferred to insert only the Hebrew letters and the astrological correspondences, in order to give more space to the divinatory meanings of each card, both straight and reversed, in four languages: French, Italian, English and Spanish.
Includes a 10 page foldout leaflet in English (available in Italian and Spanish by request) "Fortune Telling with Tarot of Papus" showing several methods. Package also includes; a signed and numbered title card; a gold lamé deck pouch; and a note from the curator Giordano Berti.
Edition limited to 900 copies. Number on the deck that will be shipped will vary from the photo since the deck you will get has not been opened. Another deck was used for photos and scans.
English: 3 1/4" x 6" x .016"
Metric: 82mm x 152mm x .40mm
Approximate Deck Thickness: 1 1/4"