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on 14 December 2002
I'd just like to point out that this deck is *not* 'gilded' or metallic in any way -there's no gold leaf or foil or whatever on it. I bought this deck on the basis of one of the other reviews here, which indicated that it was! Needless to say I was a bit peeved when the cards turned out to be just photographic repros of the original Visconti deck - maybe I'm just picky.
Backing is a rather alarming plain red, which makes them look a bit cheap too.
The booklet is a great feature, written by Stuart Kaplan who is a well-known and highly regarded expert in this field.
They are a very good size (roughly 5"x3"ish - presumably full size, tho' I've never seen the originals) which means that you get a good look at all the details. If you're one of those people that likes to whip their cards out at parties and do readings they can be a tad unwieldy.
A reproduction Visconti deck is definitely a must - but being a lover of the flashy things in life I'd have preferred a decent 'back' and some gold leaf.
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on 9 March 2017
I became very happy, when I looked into the deck.
So I'm very pleased, about it.
And also the people around me,where thrilled.
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on 22 November 2010
What you get here is actually somewhat simpler than what is maybe suggested by the price. What you get is normal playing card stock, with plain cut edges, nothing else, though the cards are large which account for some of the cost I guess. This is also probably a low volume item, so some cost is justified by that too.
Anyway, what you then get, on the cards, is a simple, printed, rasterized photo-reproduction of what the Pierpoint Morgan deck looks like today (faded & brown colors), + recreations of the 4 missing cards in the same style. Nothing else. I would not call this a facsimile.
If you're interested in Tarot cards, and card history, some kind of copy like this is nice to have in your collection for reference, browsing and conversation piece. And perhaps, seen in that light, it shouldn't be featuring advanced attempts at recreating/restoring the original appearance. And perhaps it doesn't need to be fancier than this.
Personally, I'm satisfied and fine with these. As reference. Not as collector item. And I'm not delighted. So only 3 stars.
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on 13 January 2001
There are so many "medieval" tarot decks available now, but almost all of them are unconvincing modern interpretations. This deck is the real thing, a genuine facsimile of one of the earliest known decks. Tooled gilt backgrounds and hauntingly sparse and beautiful pictures make this deck a joy to use. I would only recommend it for advanced readers, though, as the Minor Arcana consists of the Suit symbols only, with no pictures to signify the cards meanings.
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on 15 October 2015
I found the cards perfectly acceptable but surprisingly large. (Amazon helpfully give the box's dimensions on their website, but in centimetres and I still think in inches.)

The booklet contains interesting information about the Visconti family, the pictures on the cards and the surviving packs produced in 15th century Lombardy. However, in other respects, it is very unsatisfactory. The cards were made for playing games and produced some 300 years before tarot cards were used for cartomancy (or, to be more accurate, 300 years before any surviving documentary evidence for such use). Despite this, the booklet gives no details of the games played, but instead, and quite anachronistically, provides extensive information about the cards' alleged divinatory meaning and refers to the trumps and the fool as the arcana.

Unfortunately, Stuart Kaplan makes a number of basic mistakes, and I am not sure how far he can be relied upon. In particular, he appears to have been ignorant of the fact that the cups and coins were ranked - from highest to lowest - R, D, C, F, A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Equally surprisingly, he wrongly gives the Italian for the queen as Dama. It should be Donna, as for example appears on the Tarocco Piemontese. At one point he talks about the "22 trump cards", apparently unaware that il Matto was not a trump. There are also problems over the ordering of the trumps, but Mr Kaplan omits nearly all the relevant facts (including the ordering given by Susio) and just relies on the numbering of the trumps on a pack produced 100 years later in another country. However this last point may simply reflect the fact that the booklet was written 40 years ago and needs updating.
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on 7 February 1999
This is an exact facismile reproduction of the most complete Medieval Tarrochi deck which survives. From both an art historical point of view, as well as that of the Tarot enthusiast, this deck is essential to understanding gaming and (later) divination practices as they have evolved in the Modern Era. A beautiful deck with a haunting sense of age and familiarity about it.
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on 24 October 2007
Further to the previous reviews for this item, there is a gold-foiled version of the Visconti-Sforza deck - restored by A.A. Atanassov - and produced by La Scarabeo, an Italian company that specialises in Tarot. Have a look online - the La Scarabeo version is available for £16.99 plus P&P.
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