Yesterday a carefully wrapped package arrived from Italy. I could scarcely contain my excitement, as I had been wanting to have a copy of the 15th century Sola-Busca tarot for a very long time, but I forced myself to open it very cautiously.
I’ll let you enjoy the unboxing of this beautifully crafted package with me. The cards are contained in a handmade box resembling a book.
So let’s open it, shall we?
A hand-written note from the scholar of the Sola-Busca, Giordano Berti. You don’t see personalized touches like that very often. And beneath the note, the legendary deck wrapped in a paper band and enclosed in a velvet-lined interior.
Beneath the cards is an information booklet and an advertisement leaflet for this deck and two other decks sold by Berti.
And now the cards themselves, which are printed on heavy stock. They stick together at first, but after handling them a few times that’s no longer a problem. The backs of the cards are solid white.
There is a separate card with a message from Wolfgang Mayer, who printed the limited edition of 700 copies in 1998. Mine is number 434. Mayer’s signature is on the other side of the card (with German text).
You can see the extraordinary artistry and attention to detail that went into the creation of this deluxe boxed set. Next up, we’ll take a closer look at these beautiful and symbolically rich cards. In the meantime, if you want to know more about the Sola-Busca tarot or how to purchase this deck, visit Giordano Berti’s website. There’s also a nice board featuring this set on Pinterest.