In the first major reference work of its kind, this comprehensive volume traces the history and origins of the earliest extant tarot, tarocchi, and tarock decks. Written with authority, and sharing a wealth of information, Kaplan’s chronological presentation takes readers from the earliest hand-painted cards, through the historical developments of printed cards, and surveys twentieth century tarot interests. Included are discussions and photographs of 3,200 cards from decks dating from the 15th to the 20th century, plus 100 references to the origins of tarot and playing cards. Annotated bibliography of over 1,700 entries.
- Size 8.5" x 11"
- Language EN
- Author Stuart R. Kaplan
Stuart R. Kaplan
A destined visit to the Nuremberg Toy fair in Germany created one of the most influential icons in the world of the Tarot. Stuart R. Kaplan’s intrigue with the artwork of the Rider-Waite deck compelled him to bring back a sample to the United States in 1968. At the time Stuart was working on Wall Street but soon started to import the Rider-Waite Deck to the US realizing there was a demand. When he understood the potential and tremendous contribution of the Tarot he decided to leave Wall Street and start his own business U.S. Games Systems. His dedication to education led him to write one of the most extensive bodies of work on the Tarot, “The Encyclopedia of the Tarot” (Volume I-IV) which describes and illustrates more than 1,000 different Tarot decks from the 15th century to the present. “The Encyclopedia of the Tarot” has become the most influential collection of books for Tarot history and research.