I am mildly disappointed by this volume. Granted, it has excellent representations (and perhaps the only ones) of the Visconti-Sforza deck, but Michael knew so much more that he could have shared, and did in his magnum opus on the tarot. Still, it was little more than a quickly penned foreword and a collection of images with brief commentary. Don't pay more than eight bucks for this book--it is just not worth it. That said, it makes a nice (inexpensive) addition to a serious collection. Try these to see Dummett's genius shine:
The Game of Tarot: From Ferrara to Salt Lake City Amazingly there is "one" copy available for $150. Normally $250-$300 is standard fare, even with a lot of searching.
Slightly cheaper, and much smaller (the book above is a brick--my copy weighs over 8 pounds!) is History of the Occult Tarot. I am reading that now and it is a LOT to chew on. So much subtlety in between the facst that it can easily consume several months of your time contemplating. And I think around $80?
Also, you might like the early history of the tarot (as a game) here: A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot, which has some critics foaming at the mouth, as they love their tarot conspiracies.
Here is a relatively decent list of his contributions in literary form. Sadly, he passed last December, before I could meet him in person.
The Game of Tarot: from Ferrara to Salt Lake City (Duckworth, 1980);
Twelve Tarot Games (Duckworth, 1980);
The Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards (G. Braziller, 1986);
Il mondo e l'angelo: i tarocchi e la loro storia (Bibliopolis, 1993)
I tarocchi siciliani (La Zisa, 1995);
A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot (with Ronald Decker and Thierry Depaulis, St. Martin's Press, 1996);
A History of the Occult Tarot, 1870-1970 (with Ronald Decker, Duckworth, 2002);
A History of Games Played with the Tarot Pack (with John McLeod, E. Mellen Press, 2004