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  • Published: 23 July 1999
  • ISBN: 9780712670579
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $39.99
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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck


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The famous Rider-Waite Tarot deck, reissued in new livery to celebrate Rider's 90th birthday.

First issued in 1910, the Rider-Waite Tarot is almost certainly the most widely used tarot deck in the world. There are 78 cards, divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas, designed by Pamela Colman Smith in accordance with A. E Waite's instructions. An instructional booklet by A. E. Waite is included, explaining the meanings of the cards and how to use them for divination, with an introduction by Stuart R. Kaplan.

  • Pub date: 23 July 1999
  • ISBN: 9780712670579
  • Imprint: Rider
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Authors

A.E. Waite

Arthur Edward Waite was the designer and co-creator of the now famous Rider Waite Tarot deck.

An American-born British poet and scholarly mystic, his strong interest in all esoteric matters - divination, magic, Kabbalism, alchemy and Freemasony - led to him penning a number of books. These include the Key to the Tarot, The Book of Ceremonial Magic and A New Encyclopedia of Freemasony.

Pamela Colman Smith

Pamela Colman Smith was born in England to American parents. Her childhood years were spent between London, New York and Kingston, Jamaica. She became a theatrical designer, even collaborating with the notable W.B. Yeats on stage designs. She was an illustrator mainly of books, pamphlets and posters too.

Under the guidance of A. E. Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a 'rectified' tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy and deep emotions of the artist.


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