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The Golden Tarot of Visconti: Sforza Deck
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
When this arrived I was so pleased with it that I immediately ordered a second one for a friend. The cards and book are of good quality and contain a comprehensive (if short) introduction to the genesis of Tarot cards and the ruling family who invented them.

Regarding "authenticity" people should be aware though that these are NOT the cards from the Pierpoint Morgan Visconti Tarot that were taken from actual photographs of the original items, the cards in this set are redesigned digital approximations of Morgan cards. The re-imaging and repainting of the Morgan images that come with this package is open for debate and personal taste, some will love them and some will hate them and while some of the fine details have been clarified others have either been changed or removed completely with all the faces having been changed to look more "Jolly" than the sometimes dour expressions on the Pierpoint Morgan cards.
Being lucky enough to own a set first edition of Pierpoint Morgan cards I would say that in some respects the embellishment on this version enhances them but also takes away a great deal in regards to the "Emotional Feel" of the cards while the four "Missing" cards in this set are completely different to the ones that were commissioned for the Morgan set so please be aware of this before purchase to avoid being disappointed. Personally I like this version of the Visconte cards and I am glad that this publisher hasn't coated them in an inch of shiny resin so no sunglasses are necessary when reading with these.

The book itself is also a High quality product giving a brief outline of the Visconte family and the circumstances that brought the cards into being. However that being said this book is not for people with delicate sensibilities because it also exposes a lot of the late Eighteenth Century fraud claiming that Tarot cards were from Egypt so be discerning whom this is given to (I'v seen people having to be scraped off the ceiling because of the uncomfortable truth about the Egyips origins fraud).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Since Leo Mayer first discovered the Mamluk cards in the Topkapı Palace in 1939, the history of playing cards has grown and developed. Piatnik have produced wonderful reproductions of early German packs with accompanying booklets, such as Karnöffel, Ambraser Hofänterspiel and the like, and this Race Point box with reproduced cards and hardcover booklet adds wonderfully to such productions. Obviously by calling it ‘The Golden Tarot’ the publishers are aiming at the New Age Spritualism market, and the majority of the booklet is about using the cards for ‘readings’. however, it is clearly pointed out in the introduction that the cards were produced in this form — that is four suits and the extra trionfi or trumps suit to play agame, rather than for divination. Indeed this did not become the use for such card packs until the end of the eighteenth century. More properly known as the Visconti-Sforza (or Sforza-Visconti) Pack or Deck, this wonderful production supersedes the previous publication by Lo Scarabeo of just the trionfi or trumps in ‘The Tarot of Visconti’. Whether you are interested in the Italian Renaissance historically or artistically, or in the history of the development of cards, or just looking for a beautiful tarot pack, I recommend highly this beautiful publication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
I was astonished when this arrived. Not only did it contain the wonderful Tarot deck based upon the very first Tarot, the Visconti-Sforza, but it also had a hard-backed and beautifully illustrated guide to the cards, plus a bag for the cards. The box was sturdy and attractive. Very impressed indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2013
I have to admit, I am very pleasantly surprised by this purchase.

For mere 16 pounds (at the moment), you get a set of beautiful cards; along with them, a hard-cover book with history and meaning of tarot and Visconti-Sforza lines, which helps appreciate the historical value of the art, as well as provide a little insight into the game of triumphs where tarot was originally used.

The purple reading cloth mentioned in description is not folded under the book - it is, in fact, held in a small paper container of it's own, which prevents damage or creases. Entire set is encased in a high quality hard-back-like box closed with magnetic lid. All in all, it's a really good, high quality set for extremely decent price and I am highly pleased with my purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2013
The cards are absolutely beautiful (much better than I expected) and I think this Tarot deck really is a piece of art. Perfect for colectors or everybody who, like me, admires the history of Tarot. I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2014
This box is amazing! the cards are really big (i didn't expect that big actually) the book is really good but doesn't have so many 'games' to do. Any what they immagines are soo god!

Questa scatola è molto bella e comprende tante cose, le carte sono un pò troppo grandi personalmente, ma i disegni sono bellissimi. il libro è scritto molto bene, molto sotico ma pochi modi per leggere le carte.

lo consiglio!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2013
The Golden Tarot was bought as a gift but it looks amazing, Packaging and quality are very good. very good buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2014
Amazingly good value - opnly £15.99 with free p&p when I bought the set. The cards are excellent quality and very well produced. The book is also nicely printed and presented - I've yet to read it so can't comment further. For me, the main purpose is to acquire one of the keystones of Tarot history. As someone who has been interested in Tarot for many years, I really appreciate the chance to buy reproductions of historical packs, and this is a beauty. An amusing bonus included with the pack and book set is a small square of purple satin cloth - presumably to lay out the reading on? Though it's a trifle small for that. To wear on one's head when divining?
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on 15 June 2015
If you understand the Tarot, this set is for you. If you're a learner, you'll want a Minor Arcana with more of a picture-based format to get used to what the cards mean, like the Rider-Waite deck . However, this is definitely for someone, like me, who wants a selection of the more decent decks.

Additionally, the booklet that comes with Tarot cards is not normally worth the paper on which it's printed. In this case, the book is a nice read and isn't vague or cringe-worthy. As all Tarot card decks should be, this was a gift and one of the nicest I've received.

Regarding the packaging; a lot of thought went into maximising the use of space in a way that made me laugh. Once you have the cards out, you're not going to want them to be stored in a cardboard pack and there's a box for a cloth. As with most packaging, it's a little pointless, but who cares? I just find that amusing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
This is a very nicely packaged set of Tarot cards. It contains an informative book by Mary Packard about the cards included which are based on a 15th Century pack produced for a wealthy Italian family. The odd card missing from the original pack has been cleverly recreated by the illustrator Rachel Clowes. In fact, the high standard of illustration helps to make this beautifully produced boxed set even more special.It was a nice touch too, to include a purple satin Tarot cloth. All round, a lovely production which would make a handsome gift for anyone.
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