This playful deck was published in 1979 by Edizione il Meneghello (Milano) in a limited edition of 500 copies, of which the copy shown on this pages in number 61. This specific USA edition is signed by the artist, Osvaldo Menegazzi.
Sibilla originale del 1890 (per divinare…)
Collezione O. Menegazzi.
The Sibilla originale have been published in 1999 by il Meneghello, Milano in a limited edition of 1500 copies, of which the one described is number 755.
The deck consists of 52 cards divided into four groups of thirteen each, representing all kinds of scenes out of the daily life of the late 19th century. The scenes depicted are quite realistic and would be still valid today. Each image has also an ‘undertitle’ specifying what the image is about.
This is another designer deck with cats as main theme. The images of this deck are a little more playful and less static then the one from I Gatti (also by Osvaldo Menegazzi). It would be interesting to place the cards of both decks next to each other on a table and see if the symbolism shown would be equal in meaning as well as design (as in… the 1001 various types of angel oracle cards by DV).
A limited-edition series of 22 black and white drawings depicting cats as traditional Major Arcana characters. The card titles are in Italian. Printed on luxury paper and packaged in a hardcover case of red leather with tie ribbons. A beautifully and charming set of cards suitable for collectors as well as for cat lovers.
While smoking, the oddest things might occur…as is shown by the cards of this funny deck. The Tobacco Tarot belongs to a large group of tarot decks that can be characterized as ‘Designer Decks’. These cards are only tarot cards by name as most of them don’t hold much regard for their traditional symbolism. However, although often a little silly, those cards are mostly very well designed. And that goes absolutely for the Tobacco Tarot.
The Visconti Sforza Tarot deck is the oldest known Tarot deck. It was created around 1492 by Bonifacio Bembo, but it is likely that not all cards came from his hands due to his young age at the time. It is believed that some of the cards are made by the artist Antonio Cicognara. The occasion was a marriage between members of two Milanese families: Visconti and Sforza. It can be said that because of that event, the origins of the Tarot ‘game’ are Italian.
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