“The Tarot is a universe in continual expansion. Those who love Tarot cards and wish to understand them better embark on a fascinating voyage into a world full of mystery and evolution reflecting more than five centuries of history, magic, art, and spirituality. This volume embraces the entire world of Tarot—not with words, but rather with images alone.” – From the Lo Scarabeo Tarot Gallery Book
As a child, I remember anticipating the Sears “Wish Book” catalogue. Every Christmas season, thousands of kids would drool over its pages, marking toys, electronics, and clothes in the hopes that St. Nick might bring them one or more from their selections.
Divided into five “families”—historical, metaphysical, esoteric, cultural and artistic—this tabbed full-color hardcover catalogue displays the following cards for each deck: 2 of Cups, 7 of Pentacles, Knight of Wands, Queen of Swords, The Magician, The Emperor, Strength, Justice, Temperance, The Stars and The World. These choices provide a nice overview of cards for getting a feel for each deck.
While the Lo Scarabeo Tarot Gallery serves as a drool-worthy “wish book” for Tarot enthusiasts, it’s also a must-have catalogue for all bookstores carrying Tarot decks, because customers who are unfamiliar with Lo Scarabeo get a great overview of the decks offered by the Italian publisher. (And since many bookstores do not have opened Tarot decks to examine, a gallery like this one can save consumers a lot of time and money, in my opinion).
This gallery provides information in six languages (English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, and Russian), as well as helpful icons noting if a particular deck is available in mini format, or is more suitable for adult consumers.
Here is a list of all the decks catalogued in the Lo Scarabeo Tarot Gallery Book (the links take to either one of my reviews, or directly to Amazon.com):
The Lo Scarabeo Tarot Gallery Book is a must-have for collectors, as well as Tarot enthusiasts that like to “look before they buy”. Smart shop owners who want to offer their customers a portable overview of Lo Scarabeo’s fine decks will also want to have this book on hand, as well.
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