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The encyclopedia of tarot
Kaplan, Stuart R.
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First edition.
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4 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Vol. 4 written by Stuart R. Kaplan and Jean Huets.
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Central Library BF1879.T2 K28 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
Central Library BF1879.T2 K28 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
Central Library BF1879.T2 K28 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference
Central Library BF1879.T2 K28 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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Provides information on every important theory and intepretation and every recognized deck, illustrating and commenting on the symbolism of the early Tarocchi decks and the major later decks.

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Booklist Review

The first volume (U.S. Games Systems, 1978) of this massive set was devoted to the history of tarot. Kaplan's companion volume introduces tarot cards from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries and discusses the families who commissioned them. More than 3,600 cards from 300 different tarot and tarock decks are described with their symbology explained. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white pictures and lithographs, this is an excellent reference work, comprehensive as well as fascinating. It will interest serious students of tarot as well as the hordes of occult-minded patrons who linger near the 133 shelves in most public libraries. An annotated bibliography lists more than 1,300 articles and books on the subject of tarot. Index. IC. 133.3'2424 Tarot [OCLC] 77-94173

Library Journal Review

As the owner of the largest tarot deck collection in the world, Kaplan (founder and CEO, U.S. Games Systems Inc.) brings extensive knowledge to this ongoing encyclopedia (the first was published over 25 years ago; Volume 2 in 1986; and Volume 3 in 1990). Each volume is a work unto itself featuring mainly black-and-white reproductions of tarot cards ranging from rare and unpublished to popular and computer-generated. Readers will also encounter unsurpassed treasure troves of historical information on the decks, artists, and publishing of the tarot. With this five-pound entry, Kaplan and Huets, who cowrote the previous two volumes, cover an additional 800 decks. Special features include a section on more than 150 Japanese tarot decks and a chapter on ancient Egypt-inspired decks. Bottom Line This volume's index and comprehensive annotated bibliography, which contains more than 1500 entries dating from the 18th century to the present, make it an essential reference source for scholars and collectors alike. Recommended for large tarot collections in both academic and public libraries.-Kimberley Robles-Smith, California State Univ. Lib., Fresno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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