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3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality but very misleading. These are definitely NOT the "Original" images by PCS., 6 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack (Cards)
Looking at the box people think (as I did) that they are getting the Original images by Pamela Coalman Smith from 1909 - they are not. The images on these cards are from an inferior artist who copied them for a 1930's edition. Whoever exactly copied these is unknown but they are only a poor approximation of the work by PCS with most of the fine details either missing or badly copied.

Having said that the card quality is good and robust with a plastic coating to stop the ink running. I love using these but only give them Three Stars because of the misleading sales pitch by the creator of this Tarot card set.
If you are looking for a more faithful set then the R.W Giant Size Edition is a much better approximation.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2015 16:29:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2015 16:59:04 BDT
Steve says:
It should be pointed out that, technically, *none* of the packs of RWS Tarot cards have *ever* had printings from the original Pamela Colman Smith images. Ever. None of the decks were done by photographic reproduction of Smith's work.

Smith did not do her work in stone lithography - the method via which the original decks were printed. She produced her original drawings on paper/board and these would have been traced (many cards per plate) on to the multiple stone plates (one for each colour) by a skilled plate-preparer. So, Pam-A, B, C, and D are all copies, if you want to look at it like that. And the tracing is the reason why there are differences between those versions of the deck - different people doing the tracing. Some did fine lines; some coarser. In fact, after the first deck, which was presumably traced from Smith's original drawings, the later plates may even have been traced from the earlier deck/s rather than the drawings! Copies of copies! We just don't know. Smith's original drawings, and all the original litho plates, have gone long since.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2015 21:37:38 BDT
Interesting, I also bought the ones that were taken from scans of Stuart Kaplans (alleged) first edition cards which again are VERY different from what is presented here. Its a real shame because we even have the Originals of the Visconte and Cary Yale cards and even the Sola Busca cards from photographs taken of them but not the actual PCS images. It would be interesting to know if photographs were ever taken of the PCS paintings at some point.
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