Salvador Dali's Tarot Hardcover – 1 May 1985
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The book contains two basic types of information: history of the Tarot (including how some of the imagery came to be used by Dali in his cards) and a card-by-card interpretation of the artwork. The interpretation of the artwork is very brief and serves mainly to point out the more obvious imagery of the cards. It does not delve at all into the interpretation of the cards in a reading.
Many sellers advertise this book as a way to own the artwork without the cards. That much is true. Each card is shown in full colour, and Pollack's descriptions do help in apreciating some of the symbolism. The book amounts to being more about art than about the Tarot.
If you're looking for basic information on reading tarot cards or relating them to life experiences, there's not much of that here, and it may not even be necessary; more than any other deck, Dalí's demands an imaginative and creative approach to understanding the cards. His images are complex and operate on multiple levels. If you're at the stage where you feel the need to consult the Little White Book, you're on your own here; for that I would recommend Waite's classic Pictorial Key to the Tarot, Pollock's own Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, Mary Greer's Tarot for Your Self, or, even if you aren't using or even dislike The Robin Wood Tarot, Ms. Wood's book contains a great deal of useful and accessible information. However, for anyone who uses or enjoys the Dalí tarot, Pollack's book can provide an additional dimension to this strange and beautiful deck.