Dodal & Vandenborre Tarots & Lismon Etteilla


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The Dodal Tarot, Lismon Etteilla and Vandenborre Tarot.

This full 78-card Dodal Tarot is a facsimile reproduction of the Dodal Marseille tarot, c. 1701. This 2nd edition is taken from the same copy as the limited edition and has the colors enhanced and brightened but otherwise unchanged. Still, a feast for lovers of the Dodal. This deck comes in a tuck box, is printed on premium card stock and is standard tarot card size, 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".

And Sumada's Lismon Etteilla, c. 1880. With all the character of his original deck, the reproduction of this distinctive deck is printed on tarot size stock.

This striking 78-card deck was hand-colored and not always inside the lines. There is been some cleanup on the cards but they still contain most of the blemishes and spots on them and possess the original back design. There has been minimal restoration on them so don't expect an altered, modern version of the cards. They are as close to original as you are likely to find, for you to admire and enjoy, but with silky card stock that invites use. This deck contains 80 cards. In addition to a title card, the original deck had and error in spelling on the 10 Temperance card. It was printed as "Temperature" so to be historically correct the card is included, with a corrected version, "Temperance."

I have seen a couple of these original decks around the 'net and each of these blue bordered decks is hand colored and are very different from one another. I knew nothing of the history cards except that they were very distinctive and Sumada offered some information about the printing process.

He explained, "the total image is built up from separate components. In this case (comparing the same 2 cards from 2 different decks) the lower secondary image is not the same on both cards of the same number. In fact one of the lower images does repeat, but on cards of a different number! I am stressing this point to demonstrate that there is no such thing as a definitive Etteilla II deck. Every print run is actually unique." This version of the Ettiella is referred to as the Lismon, a follower of Ettiella and the deck's publisher, according to A Wicked Pack of Cards, vol 1 of the definitive history of the origins of the Occult Tarot by Dummett, Depaulis and Decker. This distinctive antique deck is printed on premium stock and is standard tarot card size, 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".

Also is the Vandenborre Tarot. According to what I have found the Vandenborre tarot, also known as Flemish Tarot and Tarot Flamand was first published in Brussels, Belgium in 1770 or 1780, depending on which account you read. Like the Marseille tarot deck, this one has illustrated majors and the minors are pips.

Here is a slide show of the majors:

A few of the cards have interesting substitutions for the familiar majors.The High Priestess has been replaced by L'Espagnol Capitano Fracasse. A side note about this card , from The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Vol. I, Kaplan explains "Capitano Eracasse [The Spanish Captain] appears to be based on the character of Captain Fraccasse in the French version of the Commedia dell'Arte. He is a stock character, a braggart and swaggering soldier in the tradition that extends back to Greek and Roman satire."

The Hierophant's place in this deck is occupied by Baccus (Bacus). Another interesting card is the Hanged Man. This Hanged Man is hanging right side up in the original. I have, however, corrected that and this deck not only has the original one, it also contains an upside down hanged man. The Tower is now La Foudre (Lightning)

Adding to the charm of this unique deck are assorted misprints in the text, misspellings and grammatical errors.

This deck is standard tarot size, printed on premium card stock There is no LWB. It is printed on premium cardstock and is standard tarot card size, 2-3/4" x 4-3/4".comes with a plain tuck box.


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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.

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