The Sola Busca Tarot is a replica of a 1900s reproduction of the oldest existing European Tarot deck, printed in the late fifteenth century in Italy, also known as the Illuminating Ancient Tarot and the Ancient Enlightened Tarot. This Tarot deck is the only extant 78 cards deck dating to the XV century. The original 78 cards were engraved on copper and then illuminated, later it was hand-painted in colors. This is also the first deck known to have real scenes and figures painted for the numbered cards, unlike the conventional Tarot de Marseilles and other contemporary decks that showed only the requisite number of swords, pentacles, cups, or wands.
The next deck with illustrated pips was the Rider-Waite deck, created four centuries later, thus Pamela Colman Smith took inspiration from some of these cards for her own deck.
The colorful images of the cards, showing biblical, Roman and mythological scenes, warriors of antiquity and Latin inscriptions, invite you to take a trip into the inner world to cognize your uniqueness and reach the intimate affinity with the universe. The deck provides direct way to exploring the secrets of the Western occultism doctrine, the Alchemy and medieval Masters of Natural Philosophy.
The complete deck, which was owned by the Sola Busca family, was photographed in 1907 for the British Museum, and actually is in a private collection in Milano (Italy).
The deck is recommended to the experienced and advanced Tarot readers. Being one of the historical decks of the world, the Sola Busca Tarot is the best choice for the collectors of the ancient artwork decks.