THE GREATER TRUMPS. Preface by William Lindsay Gresham.
Price: $45.00 USD
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Pelligrini & Cudahy
Date Published: 1950
Edition: First American Edition
Book Id: 310762
First American Edition. Octavo, publisher's original dark blue (looks like black) cloth titled in gilt on front panel, titled and ruled in gilt on spine. Pictorial endpapers (different at front & rear, each 2-page spread depicting 11 of the tarot trump cards, so that the whole set of 22 trumps is shown). 268 pp. The Preface by William Lindsay Gresham appears first here in the American edition, it was not present in the earlier UK edition. Gresham Also wrote the noir classic NIGHTMARE ALLEY that features a different Major Arcana card for each of its 22 chapters. Gresham's wife, the poet Joy Davidman Gresham, later married C.S. Lewis after divorcing Gresham. A FINE COPY, lacking the original printed dust jacket.
¶ Mystical fantasy novel by one of the original 'Inklings', a friend and colleague of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Tarot is used to unlock enormous metaphysical powers by allowing the possessors to see across space and time, create matter, and raise powerful natural storms. "The book is a kaleidoscope of ideas: a particle now takes on the hue of Zen Buddhism, then twists into the simple piety of Brother Lawrence, then clashes with a dark jewel of sorcery..." - from the Introduction by Gresham.