Limited to 71 copies this bing number 4 of 71; bound in quarter black python and shantung with custom marbled endpapers, all edges red under gold, presented in a solander box and This is a very rare copy of the deluxe special edition of the SOLA-BUSCA tarot deck. It is created to match perfect with the GAME OF SATURN deluxe special edition book. These have long been sold out and are highly sought after by collectors. It is large, heavy and stunning. It is in new unused condition.
Dimensions 280 × 222 mm
Extent 320 pp
Illustrations Full colour throughout
Bindings: Fine deluxe edition.
Book is in new unread condition.
From the Publisher:
The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.
For the first time in over five hundred years, the clues embedded within the cards reveal a dark Gnostic grimoire replete with pagan theurgical and astral magical rites. Careful analysis demonstrates that the presiding deity of this ‘cult object’ is none other than the Gnostic demiurge in its most archaic and violent form: the Afro-Levantine serpent-dragon, Ba’al Hammon, also known as Kronos and Saturn, though more notoriously as the biblical Moloch, the devourer of children.
Conveyed from Constantinople to Italy in the dying years of the Byzantine Empire, the pagan Platonist George Gemistos Plethon sought to ensure the survival of the living essence of Neoplatonic theurgy by transplanting it to the elite families of the Italian Renaissance. Within that violent and sorcerous milieu, Plethon’s vision of a theurgically enlightened elite mutated into its dark shadow – a Saturnian brotherhood, operating within a cosmology of predation, which sought to channel the draconian current to preserve elite wealth, power and control. This development marks the birth of an ‘illumined elite’ over three centuries before Adam Weishaupt’s ‘Illuminati.’ The deck captures the essence of this magical tradition and constitutes a Western terma whose talismanic properties may serve to establish an initiatory link with the current.
This work fully explores the historical context for the deck’s creation against the background of tense Ferrarese-Venetian diplomatic intrigue and espionage. The recovery of the deck’s encoded narratives constitutes a significant contribution to Renaissance scholarship, art history, tarot studies and the history of Western esotericism.
“We have decided to make a special edition of the deck available to those who have purchased the fine edition of The Game of Saturn. The deck will be presented in a solander box, of the same dimensions and materials as the fine edition of the book, and is designed to form a set with it. This will be a very limited bespoke production, we will only make as many copies as are ordered from now until 31st March.” – Scarlet Imprint
The first faithful reproduction of the full Sola-Busca tarrochi deck since its creation over 500 years ago. The cards respect the dimensions of the originals and are printed with the original marbled design on the reverse. The deck is accompanied by A Guide to the trumps and court cards of the Sola-Busca tarocchi by Peter Mark Adams. The information contained in the booklet is derived from original research published in The Game of Saturn. The cards are published with the permission of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.