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Grand Etteilla Art Restoration Deck Tarot Cards



Grand Etteilla Art Restoration Deck Tarot Cards

Grand Etteilla was the first tarot deck created for cartomancy. Invented in late 18th century, and named after the pseudonym of Jean-Baptiste Alliette (28 August 1738 — 12 December 1791), this deck marked the moment in tarot history of its transformation from a deck of playing cards to the dedicated divination device as it is known today, and continues to shape its development as Etteilla's influence can be seen even in the much later Rider-Waite tarot deck—the most common tarot in the world today.

This Grand Etteilla Art Restoration Deck is based on a version of Grand Etteilla that was originally published in 1875—1899 according to BnF; some refer to this version as Etteilla I. This reproduction is the result of an art restoration process—the cards are conservatively cleaned up to reveal the original conditions of the specimen. It is created with modern methods, with a very high precision in its visual representation of the historical original, and a card construction suitable for active and practical use.

An officially licensed product for commercial use by Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).

Restored by C in London 2020

First Edition
Created with DriveThruCards in July 2020. 78 original cards + 5 bonus cards.

Officially Licensed Product by Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).
© 2020 Art restoration by C in London. All rights reserved.







Q: What are the sizes of the cards?
A: Standard tarot sizes 2.75 x 4.75 in (~70 x 121 mm) with rounded corners of 1/4 in radius.

Q: What is included?
A: 78 tarot cards + 5 bonus cards, inside a tuck box.

Q: What kind of card stock do the cards use? How are they printed?
A: As of writing the cards uses the premium stock from DriveThruCards, which is a 11.4 pt caliper (0.0114 in or 290 micron thick), 310 gsm black-core card stock from the German paper manufacturer Koehler, which is made in Germany and is a proper card stock with very good feel and stiffness and smoothness and construction and durability. It has a low-gloss UV coating finish. The cards are printed in Kansas City USA with an ink-based HP Indigo Press.

Q: What are the bonus cards?
A: 2 title cards + 3 translation reference cards (French to English) for easy out-of-the-box reading.

Q: Who is this deck for?
A: Anyone interested in an absolutely historical deck. Tarot lovers, historians, collectors, artists, professionals. Even beginners can just pick up and use it because the meanings are literally written on it!

Q: I do not speak French, can I use it?
A: Yes. The deck comes with 3 translation cards which are very easy to read (see pictures)!

Q: Where did you get the source?
A: This original deck is from the collection of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and the one being sold here is an officially licensed product. This version underwent a proprietary art restoration process to bring it to life and to a higher definition and return to a cleaner condition, so that it is comparable to a new clean deck again without losing the historical charms.

Q: Is this really an officially licensed product by Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)?
A: Yes. I obtained the license so that I can revive the legendary deck and make it available again for the tarot community. It is a unique first in tarot history and its historical significance is undeniable.

Q: Are these cards available in shops?
A: Currently they are only available from DriveThruCards ( Availability might be expanded to some selected shops in the future.

Q: Do you ship outside of the US?
A: Yes, DriveThruCards ships throughout the world. Be aware of VAT or customs, etc.

Q: How do I contact you?
A: Please send your comments, suggestions, questions, requests or business enquires to at the usual gmail address, do not delete the dots.




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November 15th, 2021
Beautiful reproduction deck of an historic French original. Classic semigloss finish with ivory (not glaring white) background. i hope they reproduce more historic tarot decks [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on July 23, 2020.
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