So this stunning goody package arrived today from Prague and the fabulous Baba Studio. I pre-ordered the bundle of full-size deck, mini deck, spread cloth, paperback book, and limited edition bag back in August, I think, or maybe earlier. Regardless, it arrived today and it is glorious. I also added a couple other Tarot bags to the order, as long as I was going for broke.
As you can see, at this point everything but the spread cloth is still in the protective plastic. I almost can’t bring myself to take the bags out, I want them to stay as pristine and beautiful as the minute they arrive, but that’s silly. No point in having them if I’m not going to use them.
The large deck came with two Lovers cards, and the mini includes an extra card, “The Fortune Teller”. I think this may become their trademark extra card, rather than a “Happy Squirrel” that some others include as a joke. The Baroque Bohemian Cats deck I have has the extra Fortune Teller card as well.
Here are the two Lovers cards. The one on the left is the same image as in the first edition of the deck as well as the Russian edition. The image on the right is new, and both were included with the standard size deck.
Many of the cards have changed significantly. Below are the new Temperance card next to the Russian version, which I believe is the original English version as well.
Both mini and full size decks have the gilt edging, and come in the sturdy lidded boxes, rather than a tuck box. The accompanying book is rich with insights, as well information on the original art and artists. If I was going to be frugal and sensible I would never have spent the money on this set. But where Tarot is concerned, common sense goes out the window for me. This is a little treasure that will give me much pleasure, and therefore I consider the money well-spent.