Wüst Bourgeois Tarot/ Tarock, c. 1865
These gorgeous cards are reproductions from the 78-card "Bourgeois Tarot" first produced by the Wüst company in Germany around 1865,
The original design of this deck was originally from c. 1865 as can be seen in trump #4 where you can see the clerk's calendar.
This deck is tarot size, as is the original, and contains 4 French suits of 14 cards each with King, Queen, Knight and Page and French style pips 1-10, as well as 21 trump cards that have 2 pictorial images of everyday life on each of the cards plus one unnamed card, known in tarot as the Fool. Read the royalty and pips as regular playing cards, or supplement your reading with the trumps.
Like the Marseille Tarot, the Bourgeois Tarot or Tarock of the 1800s was a card game. This pack was published by the German Wüst publishing company. The game later became a 54-card pack but this one is complete with all 78 cards with the full complement of royalty and French pips.
Also, like the Marseille style tarot, the trumps in the Bourgeois Tarot that was produced by other companies at the time remained similarly illustrated. Some of the themes of the Bourgeois Tarot cards are similar to the Minchiate cards in that there are 4 ages and 4 elements. There are also 4 seasons, 4 times of day and 4 activities. And an unnamed card representing the Fool.
The illustrations on each of the cards show similar but contrasting themes, for example in card #2 with the theme of childhood, one side shows boys playing at being soldiers, while the opposite show girls playing in a park. Card #3 with the theme of youth shows young men, one a soldier, eyeing young ladies nearby while on the flip side the young ladies can be seen gossiping with one stealing a look at a young man nearby. And Card #4 shows the transition to maturity and responsibility with a man at a work with a youthful helper and on the flip side of this image shows a young mother caring for her children.
The cards representing the four times of day each has illustrations of city and country life. For example, card #7 shows farmers who have been working in the fields taking a lunch break while the opposite portrays a man and woman having a leisurely conversation on a divan.
The springtime theme of card #16 shows the necessary sheep shearing by the country folk, while the opposite shows two people working at a urban garden plot with people in the dress of the city looking on.
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"
The decks will be specially ordered just for you and mailed in 3-4 weeks, although probably sooner.
NOTES -- PLEASE READ:
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 so please be patient. Your deck will be ordered immediately but may take up to 3 to 4, weeks to arrive, internationally 3-7 weeks. .
SHIPPING NOTE for INTERNATIONAL BUYERS.
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