Ancient Tarot of Lombardy

[Il Guidizio] [Il Fante di danari] This Ancient Tarot of Lombardy deck is a reproduction of a neoclassical deck published around 1810 in Italy. The original was printed from fine metal engraving plates and hand-colored. The name of the cardmaker F. Gumppenberg is given on the ace of cups (coppe). Tax stamps of the period can be seen on the ace of swords (spade). The card titles are in Italian, and majors are numbered in Roman numerals except for the Fool and Death cards. Numbers for the minor arcana are given in the upper left and lower right corners. The suit symbols follow the Spanish style in that the indiviudal wands (bastoni) and swords are shown separately on the numbered cards. In an interesting reversal of the norm, the Lovers card shows a woman between two men. This deck is published by Lo Scarabeo of Italy and distributed by Llewellyn in the US.

Number of Cards Size Copyright Card Back Design
22 major/56 minor
2 1/4" x 4 1/2" 1995 [back design]
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Language of Card Titles: Italian

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): suit symbols

Also Included: title card, instruction cards (in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish)

Major Arcana:
Il Matto, Il Bagattelliere, La Papessa, L'Imperatrice, L'Imperatore,
Il Papa, Gli Amanti, Il Carro, La Giustizia, L'Eremita,
La ruota della Fortuna, La Forza, L'Appeso, (Death - untitled),
La Temperanza, Il Diavolo, La Torre, La Stelle, La Luna, Il Sole,
Il Giudizio, Il Mondo

Suit Names: Bastoni (Wands), Coppe (Cups), Spade (Swords), Danari (Pentacles)

Court Cards: Il Re (King), La Regina (Queen), Il Cavaliere (Knight), Il Fante (Page)

Links to Other Sites:
Review - Wicce website


[Il Sole] [5 di Spade] [Knight of Swords]

Reference - The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 2 by Stuart Kaplan, pgs. 341, 344, 346-347.


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