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The Tarot of A. E. Waite and P. Colman Smith

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Arthur E. Waite, a modern mystic, created together with Pamela Colman Smith the most influential Tarot deck. With a selection of more than 800 images and texts, the pioneer of Tarot history, Johannes Fiebig contextualizes this unique deck. The kit includes facsimiles of the 1910 original edition of the cards and of A. E. Waite’s Key to the Tarot.

Hardcover, deck with 78 cards and facsimile in a clamshell, 23 x 28.7 cm, 3 kg, 444 pages

“The most enduringly influential tarot deck.”

Creative Review

“The enduring attraction and appeal of the Waite-Smith deck stems from the cards’ ability to encourage people to encounter their own personal truths —especially in times of crisis.”


“…featuring both a complete deck of the original cards and a series of contextual essays about Smith, Waite and the deck’s creation, The Tarot of A. E. Waite and P. Colman Smith delves into the deck’s history, importance and popularity.”


“Artist Colman Smith translated Waite’s occult ideas into lucid images. Her deck, the first set of tarot cards explicitly designed for esoteric use, had a huge influence on today’s occult conceptions.”

The Guardian

“A path to reality is to be found in images. I believe that no better one exists.”

Elias Canetti
The Tarot of P. Colman Smith and A. E. Waite

The Tarot of P. Colman Smith and A. E. Waite


Doors into our uncharted depths

The Story of the World's Most Popular Tarot

A unique edition of bright texts, brilliant images, and historic reprints, this kit provides everything that both beginners and advanced Tarot users might need and want to read cards for themselves and to study and experience this cultural gem in all its beauty and significance.

The valuable collector’s box includes a complete deck of the Waite Smith Tarot cards and Waite’s famous companion book The Key to the Tarot. In this illustrated book, with texts and images compiled by Johannes Fiebig, the Tarot cards become psychological mirrors and signposts leading toward new answers and personal solutions. The fact that this works well can be attributed to certain advantages inherent to the Waite-Smith cards, and these points are illuminated in an essay by Rachel Pollack.

All 78 cards are presented individually and in detail. The explanatory texts provide several dimensions and levels of interpretation, including concrete practical tips. Further, the book offers a new feature: the quick check. This presents a concise hint regarding the meaning of each card in each possible position of all the spread patterns featured in the book.

When Arthur E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith developed their Tarot deck in London in 1909, nobody could have predicted that it would have an overwhelming renaissance starting around 60 years later. What were the lives, works, and passions of these creators like? Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur E. Waite are brought vividly back to life in essays by Mary K. Greer and Robert A. Gilbert.
The authors

Johannes Fiebig is one of the most successful authors in the field of Tarot and a leading expert in the psychological interpretation of symbols. He published his first book in 1984. Since then, his books have sold over 2 million copies, appearing in more than a dozen languages. In 1989, he co-founded and co-owned Königsfurt publishing house, which later became the publishing houses Königsfurt-Urania and AGM-Urania, of which he was managing director until 2018. Since then, he has been an independent writer based in Kiel.

Mary K. Greer is one of the world’s leading Tarot scholars and experts, famous by her outstanding, both exciting and useful Tarot blog. She is an author, teacher, and professional tarot consultant known for her innovative teaching techniques. With an M.A. in English Literature, she taught Tarot in colleges for fifteen years. Since the 1980s and her book Tarot for Your Self (1984), Mary belongs to the pioneers of the tarot as self-experience and as a tool of personal transformation and empowerment. She is a co-author of Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story (2018). She lives in California, USA. 

Rachel Pollack has published 46 books, including several on the Tarot, which are known the world over. Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and she has taught and lectured on four continents. A visual artist, she created the Shining Tribe Tarot and, in collaboration with Robert M. Place, the Raziel Tarot and the Burning Serpent Oracle. Rachel Pollack lived in Rhinebeck, New York (USA), where she died in 2023.

Robert A. Gilbert studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Bristol and obtained a doctorate from the University of London for his thesis on Victorian esoteric literature. A prolific author, he is also an editor in the field of Western esotericism, specializing in the life and work of Arthur E. Waite and the history of the Order of the Golden Dawn. He lives in Somerset, England.

The Tarot of A. E. Waite and P. Colman Smith
Hardcover, deck with 78 cards and facsimile in a clamshell, 23 x 28.7 cm, 3 kg, 444 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8642-9

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-9721-0

Edition: Spanish
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7 Ratings

Amazing collection!

Jason M.,March 19, 2024
This is an amazing collection. I bought this collection for myself as a Christmas gift and am making a late review. The book itself is incredible; the paper quality is perfect and explores the world of Tarot, interpretations of the cards as well as the wonderful history explored about A.E. Waite and P. Colman Smith. Also explores the history of the Tarot decks itself as well as possible spreads. Also includes a deck of cards that are designed facsimiles like the original 1910 version, as well as A.E. Waite's Key of Tarot. I really love the big box it keeps the contents in as well! My only criticism and reason for not giving this 5 stars is I wish the boxset for the Tarot box was easier to access. Unfortunately I had to rip open the card box to reach the cards and was a very tight fit to keep the cards in. I really hope in future editions of this wonderful collection that it might possibly have a better placing for the Tarot cards, which I have to say are in wonderful thick quality! But that is my only minor thing with this edition. The new book by itself is a must for those serious as Tarot collectors. I am very happy overall, and can't wait to get more of Taschen's wonderful works soon!


Amelie B.,February 9, 2024
Beautiful! Thick quality Cards. The book is very interesting. The content covers a lot more than other Tarot books out there. A wonderful set, and a great gift for yourself or someone else!

Adorable book!

Alexey E.,January 19, 2024
Today I received The Tarot book by Taschen. The quality is amazing, it is such a pleasure to leaf through the book. The smell of this book reminds me of likeable scent of printed albums of the 00s. Greatly recommend!

Amazing quality

Katerina A.,January 8, 2024
The printing, binding, material, coloring, illustrations & overall care of this publishing show how much attention to detail has been paid! Thank you TASCHEN for my collection of beautiful books!

Eduard S.,January 30, 2024
Impressive & important set for any tarot enthusiast, high quality product.

E A.,December 28, 2023
Great book and cards.