Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck

[Emperor] [Wheel of Fortune] The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi deck is one of the Visconti-Sforza packs created in Italy in the mid-15th Century. The deck originally belonged to the Visconti di Modrone collection. It was bought by Melbert B. Cary, Jr. in 1947, and he in turn bequeathed it to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. This facsimile edition of the Cary-Yale has 86 cards - 67 from the original deck and 19 recreated by artist Luigi Scapini to replace those that are missing. Most tarot decks have 78 cards. In the Cary-Yale, two court cards have been added to each suit - a female Knight and Page, sometimes called the mounted lady and maid. This deck also includes the three theological virtues - Faith, Hope and Charity. In this deck, these cards are used to replace the missing Pope, Star and Popess cards. The suit symbol for the Staves (or Wands) suit is an arrow. The cards are larger than usual, and there are no numbers or titles on them.

Number of Cards Size Copyright Card Back Design
22 major/64 minor
3 3/4" X 7 1/2" 1984 [back design]

Language of Card Titles: untitled

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): suit symbols

Also Included: instruction booklet

Major Arcana:
Fool, Magician, Charity, Empress, Emperor, Faith, Lovers, Chariot,
Justice (card 8), Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Strength (card 11),
Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Hope, Moon,
Sun, Judgment, World

Suit Names: Staves (Wands), Cups, Swords, Coins (Pentacles)

Court Cards: King, Queen, Male Knight, Male Page, Female Knight, Female Page


[Male Knight of Staves] [Eight of Staves] [Female Knight of Cups]

Reference - The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 1 by Stuart Kaplan, pgs. 58, 61-64, 87, 88-96, 98, 106-107 and 178.

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