The Marseilles Tarot is in many ways the quintessential tarot.
If you're looking for something that respects and preserves a tradition that set the mold for countless future generations of subsequent tarot decks, look no further.
The Marseilles Tarot model which emerged in the late 17th early 18th centuries in the southern French port marked the first time in tarot's history that decks became standardised, a sign of the until-then fledgling movement's burgeoning popularity in Europe.
The traditional illustrations in this deck hold true to the earliest examples of the Marseilles family, although minor colouring has been added to bring the images to life.
The set also features the controversial 'Papesse' card said to be based on Pope Joan, a mythical female leader of the church. The 'Papesse' was subsequently rebranded in many future decks since it was considered blasphemous by conservative voices in the church.
In keeping with this deck's focus on authenticity, the numberic cards contain no illustrations except for the four suits: Bâtons (Wands), Coupes (Cups), Épées (Swords), and Deniers (Pentacles).
Maritxu Guler, the legendary tarot specialist, artist A Aymerich combined to create this 78-card classical set, produced by distinguished Spanish card publisher Fournier.