TSR003 / 1st Edition
Number of cards: 78 + 4 bonus Queens + 2 info cards (EN / FR)
Size: 5 cm / 9 cm
Packaging : original Linocut print and folded into an envelope (handmade)
Every deck is dated and signed.
This revival deck of 82 cards is based on 3 uncut sheets of playing cards kept at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Another print of the trumps sheet can be found in the collection of the Deutsches Spielkartenmuseum in very bad condition.
On the National Gallery sheet, the printed trumps cards are reversed in a mirror image. Our version reverses it back because the Deutsches Spielkartenmuseum sheet clearly shows the trumps printed in the correct orientation. The Dutch sheet offers an important clue concerning its origin and date because it is associated with a sheet belonging to a book printed in Perugia in 1501. The most common theories point to a Florentine origin, dating as far back as the XVth century to the early XVIth century.
The rest of the deck take place on 2 sheets with the same numbers of cards. Those sheets show a very different engraving style with much more refinement. For this reason, it could be concluded that they respectively present 2 different decks. Nevertheless, other theories exist.
There are missing cards among the three sheets to compose a full tarot deck. On the trumps sheet, one Fool and one Queen is missing. While no tens can be found on the other ones.
For the purpose of use, I recreated those missing cards and four additional Queens to fit the style of the second engraver.