I've found this book very interesting, as I never seen any other text by Mathers (an important figure in the Golden Dawn) on tarot.
The book is very readable, and I think it's worth it's price just for the few unique sections it has (e.g. the rules for the game of tarot), though not for beginners - it's too short a book.
There are a few problems, though :
- The book is illustrated with the Tarot De Marseilles. I wish a GD influenced deck was used, (e.g. Wang's, Waite's, or Crowley's) as some of the descriptions just dont fit the pictures (e.g. in page 83 there's a description of Eliphas Levi's restoration of some cards which are close to Waite's and very different from the Marseilles deck).
- For each of the cards only a few keywords are given (the major arcana have another section just for them which exapnds somewhat), with some insights later on.
- The three spreads given in the book (first printed in 1888) are similar to those that appear in Waite's Key to the Tarot, so at least for me there's nothing new in this section. Same applies for the page on the court cards.