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Lequart - Arnoult Besançon Tarot, c. 1880


Image of Lequart - Arnoult Besançon Tarot, c. 1880
  • Image of Lequart - Arnoult Besançon Tarot, c. 1880

The Lequart/Arnoult Tarot is a Besançon deck published in 1880 by the Lequart publishing house. The Besançon style which originated in the mid-18th century substitutes Juno and Jupiter for the Popesse and Pope in the Marseille tarot, presumably so as not to offend the religious masses of the period, are the only differences in this deck and the more familiar Marseille tarot. True Besançon decks have a few other notable differences that are absent in this version.

The blocks used in this deck were created in the mid-1700s by an earlier Parisian publisher, Arnoult, thus the date of 1748 on the 2 Deniers. Lequart acquired the blocks from the earlier publisher, and using colors much different from the original 1748 ones, added the Lequart name to the faces of the Majors and Royalty cards. A few elements are that are unique to this particular deck are that the 7, 9 and 10 of Swords have one sword that is half bloody, and another is that the Angel in the World card rocks a beard. Throughout the 1880s Lequart continued to publish this deck until the company was acquired by Grimaud in 1891. See the listing for Grimaud's later version.

The cards are made for people who plan to use their cards often. They are printed on modern day, casino grade card stock (black core, 320 gsm) that can be riffle shuffled and feels wonderful in hand, and come in a tuck box. Standard tarot card size, 2-3/4" x 4-3/4"

Each deck is specially ordered just for you and mailed directly from the printer. You should receive it in 3-4 weeks although probably sooner.

First, I accept NO CANCELLATIONS or refunds because each deck is specially ordered for you; once the order is sent to the printer, I cannot cancel it and so it will be delivered to you. If more than one deck is ordered, there is reduced shipping for the additional decks.

This is a facsimile reproduction or a restored reproduction of actual cards or period art (the Papus and 1926 Wirth decks). There is no accompanying instruction booklet but may or may not contain instructions or information on additional cards. The card stock is made to be shuffled and used and, as such, may be a disappointment to "collectors" but will delight aficionados who use and appreciate the art of antique decks. Since each deck is made to order, please be patient. Your deck will be ordered immediately but may take up to 3 to 4 weeks to arrive, internationally 3-7 weeks. .


My printer is now collecting VAT for EU countries so I have adjusted the shipping charges to reflect that. price increase. Sorry.

There are some locations where I will not ship via regular mail including Mexico and Brazil because regular has gone missing. If you are from the countries with known unreliable postal systems, sorry, I will return your payments. If you are serious about wanting the decks we can make other arrangements,