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The Marziano Tarot

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Marziano Tarot – the Oldest Known “Trump style” Tarot:  Conceived by Marziano da Tortona and first created by Michelino da Besozzo in Malan betweeb 1412 and 1425.  The Original cards are lost to prosperity, but visionary artist Robert M. Place has lovingly reimagined a deck based  on a 1449 letter by Jacopo Antonio Marcello to Queen Isabelle of Lorraine.

Mr. Place redesigned the deck as if they became a standard deck that was later reproduced in woodcuts and hand colored. The images for the cards are based on Marziano’s descriptions and on the woodcuts found in the 15th century Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, early printed cards, as well as other Renaissance sources.

The 64 card deck consists of 10 pips in the suits of Eagles, Dove's, Turtledove's and Phoenix's plus a King and Queen of each. The Trump suite is 16 cards of classical gods in 4 sets of 4 associated with each suit..

  • 64 Cards Deck
  • Cards Measure 4.75 X 2.75
  • attractive, standard tuck box. I
  • 18 page booklet with history, suggested meanings, and divination guidance.


Author and Artist

Robert M. Place is an internationally known visionary artist, whose award winning works, in painting, sculpture, and jewelry, have been displayed in galleries and museums in America, Europe, and Japan.  He is the designer, illustrator, and coauthor of The Alchemical Tarot and The Angels Tarot, which have received international acclaim.  He is designer, illustrator, and author of The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, the award winning The Tarot of the SaintsThe Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, and The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery.  He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, which Booklist has said, “may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot.” He is the author of Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, and Shamanism, written for the Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena series, and the author of Alchemy and the Tarot. He is the curator of The Fools’ Journey and the author of the catalog for this exhibition of Tarot art that originated at the LA Craft and Folk Art Museum.  He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy. He has created numerous illustrations for books and magazines, his Facsimile Historic Italian Tarot is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he and his work have appeared on the BBC, A&E, the Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel. His newest work is a Lenormand oracle deck, The Burning Serpent Oracle, on which he collaborated with Tarot diva Rachel Pollack.


Suggested Reading



The Tarot, Magic, Alchemy, Hermeticism, and Neoplatonism is the  newest book by Robert M Place. It incorporates the material that was in Alchemy and the Tarot and The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, but updates the facts and, as you can tell by the title, covers a lot more material—about three times as much, with 680 pages and over 300 illustrations.

This book is intended to be a guide to the Alchemical Tarot and Robert's Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery. It is the companion book for both decks. But it also covers the Tarot of Marseilles and The Waite Smith Tarot. So that it is a guide to the Tarot for anyone using any deck. Each chapter starts with a full-page illustration on the left hand page and the text on the right hand page.