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Tarot. The Library of Esoterica

Hardcover, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 pages
US$ 40
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Trace the hidden history of Tarot in the first volume from TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica, a series documenting the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine. Artfully arranged according to the sequencing of the Major and Minor Arcana, this visual compendium gathers more than 500 cards and works of original art from around the world in the ultimate exploration of a centuries-old art form.

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A visual history of Tarot
To explore the Tarot is to explore ourselves, to be reminded of the universality of our longing for meaning, for purpose and for a connection to the divine. This 600-year-old tradition reflects not only a history of seekers, but our journey of artistic expression and the ways we communicate our collective human story.

For many in the West, Tarot exists in the shadow place of our cultural consciousness, a metaphysical tradition assigned to the dusty glass cabinets of the arcane. Its history, long and obscure, has been passed down through secret writing, oral tradition, and the scholarly tomes of philosophers and sages. Hundreds of years and hundreds of creative hands—mystics and artists often working in collaboration—have transformed what was essentially a parlor game into a source of divination and system of self-exploration, as each new generation has sought to evolve the form and reinterpret the medium.

Author Jessica Hundley traces this fascinating history in Tarot, the debut volume in TASCHEN’s Library of Esoterica series. The book explores the symbolic meaning behind more than 500 cards and works of original art, two thirds of which have never been published outside of the decks themselves. It's the first ever visual compendium of its kind, spanning from Medieval to modern, and artfully arranged according to the sequencing of the 78 cards of the Major and Minor Arcana. It explores the powerful influence of Tarot as muse to artists like Salvador Dalí and Niki de Saint Phalle and includes the decks of nearly 100 diverse contemporary artists from around the world, all of whom have embraced the medium for its capacity to push cultural identity forward. Rounding out the volume are excerpts from thinkers such as Éliphas Lévi, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell; a foreword by artist Penny Slinger; a guide to reading the cards by Johannes Fiebig; and an essay on oracle decks by Marcella Kroll.
The editor and author

Jessica Hundley is an author, filmmaker and journalist. She has written for the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and has authored books on artists including Dennis Hopper, David Lynch, and Gram Parsons. Hundley often explores the counterculture in her work, with a focus on metaphysics, psychedelia, and magic.

The designer

Thunderwing is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary studio co-founded in 2007 by Nic & J. B. Taylor. Collaborating on a diverse array of projects, Thunderwing creates branding and design for film, publishing, fashion, food, music, and interior design.

The contributing authors

Johannes Fiebig, studied social sciences, history, and psychology. He began his career working as teacher and an editor. Then, in 1989, he became the co-publisher and the publishcer of Königsfurt Publishing Co., which became the base of the current Königsfurt-Urania and AGM-Urania publishing houses. Since 2018, he lives as a freelance author in Kiel at the Baltic Sea. He is one of the most successful authors on Tarot and a leading expert of the psychological interpretation of symbols and oracles. His main field of interest focuses on the use of Tarot and other symbolic languages as humanistic, psychological tools. studied social sciences, history, and psychology. He began his career working as teacher and an editor.

Marcella Kroll is an artist, tarot reader, metaphysical teacher, and host of the podcast Saved by the Spell. She is a program director for the Los Angeles Public Library, leading public classes for teens on Tarot and other divination subjects, and is the creator of two popular oracle decks.

Tarot. The Library of Esoterica
Hardcover, 6.7 x 9.4 in., 3.89 lb, 520 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7987-2
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-8454-8
Edition: French
ISBN 978-3-8365-8456-2
Edition: Spanish
The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.

Customer reviews (20)

The beauty

Blake, October 30, 2021
I cannot believe the quality of the these books. The shock I had when first opened the book was one for the ages. Truly a book that is a work of fine art.

Approachable for both secular and occult readers

Phillip, October 29, 2021
The Library of Esoterica series is written in a very direct and respectful tone that helps develop an appreciation for its subjects without expecting any specific belief from the reader. It allows the rich history and artwork to speak for itself and for the reader to reach their own understanding with the what's provided.
As someone only passingly familiar with tarot and astrology, this approach also left me wanting more detail than could be included, but it served as a wonderful introduction.

Dip into symbols

Lana, October 28, 2021
Amazing book if you like to understand the great arcanas better. Many decks as examples to show the energy and symbology of each card.

Fantastic book

Tom, October 28, 2021
Filled with great information and great historical tarot cards, my wife loved this book!

Superb book

Alison, October 27, 2021
Absolutely brilliant book full of interesting facts & pictures. If you like Tarot cards would highly recommend this book.

Beautiful book

Lara, October 27, 2021
As a tarot novice this book has been a dream to begin learning with. Every page is beautiful.

Beautiful

Riley, October 27, 2021
This book is a beautiful highly visual study of the art and history of the tarot. It is a wonderful choice for anyone wanting to learn more about tarot and the context of the art of the cards.

The perfect reference book

Howard, October 27, 2021
I'm someone who enjoys the Tarot from an introspective and artistic perspective, but who doesn't actually believe in any supernatural qualities to it. I wanted a good reference book that covers the basics and the history, and provides lots of good artistic representations. And this is exactly what I was hoping for. It's beautiful, and thorough, and sets exactly the right tone.

Magique

Rivatton, October 27, 2021
Très beau livre complet, illustration magique .

Exceptional

Melinda, October 27, 2021
Very nice compendium on tarot. Exceptional photography and research. Very pleased.
Tarot. The Library of Esoterica
Tarot.
The Library of Esoterica
US$ 40
Tarot. The Library of Esoterica