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Russian Tarot of St Petersburg Paperback – 30 Sep 1997

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games (30 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880791969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880791960
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Amazon seems to have in some way confused the deck of cards and the book about the deck (both having exactly the same title), the two reviews I saw were cloned across both. I did not realise this when I ordered and accidently got the book rather than the deck believing it to also contain a deck of cards.
The book by Cynthia Giles is very informative about the deck and russian history, something that has often interested me, but unfortunately may not be of as much use to me untill the deck that I have just now ordered arrives.
Just something to be aware of before purchasing.
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This deck really gives you a nice, old fashioned feeling. The Russian stylised imagery and figures are fairly simple and very small in detail but really draw you in. There is enough Rider-Waite symbolism to be able to bond with it and understand it, although this deck didn't really offer much in new perspective and insights. The pips are all illustrated.

I highly recommended this original and friendly deck, it makes you feel good inside and is very functional to read with.
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Lovely deck of cards.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading description - this is not a tarot deck 13 Jun. 2008
By Kaleidocherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought I was getting the tarot deck and a book of its history, but this is only a paperback about the history and traditions of Russia and this tarot style in specific. Informative and well-written, though.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Labor of Love! 11 Feb. 2009
By Richard K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards
I had this deck for years, loaned it out, and finally had it returned. It is a classic. Why it is dedicated to St. Petersburg is strange. That always confused me, then I studied both cities. Most of the buildings are reminescent of Moscow. The artist lived and studied in Moscow. Perhaps it was named later. Russia does have 2 capitals, oddly enough. The name is beside the deck itself.

It captures the "Palekh" or slow style of painting. My deck fits inside of a nice little Palekh box. Sometimes a single hair brush is used to capture the details, which these images are full of! The images are set during the Russian middle ages for the most part. That is until the devil card appers. It is none other than Stalin! Rather outrageous. Ivan the Terrible just doesnt hold the same impact. It works flawlessly.

The deck uses standard Rider/Waite symbols, yet it seems a hard beginner deck. Perhaps it is the colors, or lack of. All of the backgrounds are black, bringing that somber, Russian mood to each card. This deck works well for collectors or those "Russo-philes" like myself. Get out your samovars and prepare a Russian Tea with plenty of company.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful Cards 29 April 2010
By B. Shirts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
If you appreciate Russian miniature art, and like to collect Tarot cards, you will like these. They are simply beautiful. The book that (here) is purchased separately describes how they came to be, and the symbolism he chose to use. I think they should be purchased together.

For a beginner? I wouldn't recommend this deck. They would be difficult to use, but if you are experienced, or simply like to collect unusual cards, these will make a wonderful addition to your collection, or a fine gift for someone interested and already knowledgeable about Tarot.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, I thougt I was buying the Tarot Deck.... 9 Oct. 2012
By Dwood07306 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
I am very bummed, it take more than a week to get here only to find out that it is the book and not the Tarot Deck! I would not have ordered this item if it had been clear that it was a book. Very, very bummed
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 7 April 2014
By Leslie Davenport - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
Oh how beautiful these cards are! The style is not unlike that used in the Faberge eggs. I have seen this type of art done on black lacquered pieces and you can see a real artist made these drawings come to life. I love this deck.
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