Dondorf Lenormand -- Destroyed & Restored & more.


Here are all the full size Dondorfs

Le Fanu's Lilac Dondorf c.1875
Unrestored Lilac Dondorf

Le Fanu's Destroyed c.1880
Variation #2

White Dragon w/Verses c.1885

Blue Dondorf c. 1880s

JLF Purple Dragon w/Playing Cards c.2012

Here are the Dondorf Lenormand decks that I have reproduced. Each deck that was produced by Dondorf had color differences, whether it was the color of the Rider's horse, the House, Sun, etc., they are all somewhat different. As are the backs of the various decks.

Starting from the top of the list, the Lilac was the first in the series that Dondorf produced. Here is a restored version that is from Le Fanu's private collection. Here is his blog post about his Lilac Lenormand:

The unrestored version I found in 2014.

The Destroyed Dondorf is also from Le Fanu's collection. Seriously used and abused, if it belonged to anyone today it would long since have been trashed. But thanks to Le Fanu's appreciation for fine old artifacts, it is now preserved for us. See his eloquent story about the cards here: And a forum discussion where he announced that he'd just acquired them and impressions from the first people who got them here:

In the picture showing the Destroyed Dondorf cards below you will find a clean original version before it was destroyed, known in Braun's catalog as variation #2. Aside from the recent condition of the cards, the edition is similar although the backs are different.

Then there are what I have dubbed the White Dragon, which contains the Dondorf trademark dragon in the circle facing the card's number that was published with verses.

And last is the Purple Dragon that I cobbled together for myself after longing for a real Lilac Dondorf that I thought I would never have. I made several color adjustments to please myself and it was the very first Lenormand deck that I made.

These decks are printed on premium card stock that feels wonderful in hand.

Card size: 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"

Even if you don't buy my cards, be sure to check out the original Philippe Le Normand instruction sheet in the 'Info' column on the right side of the screen. Right click on the image and select "view image" so you can print it.


Delivery can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. Please be patient.


To keep down the shipping costs, I send the cards via regular mail. If you want upgraded service, contact me I can let you know what the additional charge will be. If the postal system in your country is questionable, you may want to invest in registered mail which is signed for each time it passes through someone's hands and almost guaranteed that your package will arrive safely.

I have had only 2 packages go missing, and I refunded the purchase price including shipping. Since it's not my fault when a package goes missing I WILL NOT take responsibility anymore, but I also don't want to raise shipping for everyone. The 2 places where the packages went missing were India and Brazil. UPDATE: I just had one go missing in Ukraine.

I only ship Registered Mail to Russia.