THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT. Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination. With 78 Plates, illustrating the Greater and Lesser Arcana, from designs by Pamela Coleman Smith.
Price: $650.00 USD
Place Published: London
Publisher: William Rider & Son Limited.
Date Published: 1911.
Edition: First Edition, First Impression, First Binding
Book Id: 310925
First Edition. Octavo, original publisher's salmon cloth boards, spine and front panel titled in gilt, front panel with the author's name inside an ouroboros design in gilt; top edges gilt. 340 pp. Illustrated with 78 black and white plates depicting the Tarot pack, by Pamela Colman Smith. Light rubbing to edges, but boards generally clean and gilt remains bright. Front hinge has a very small split (not unusual due to the heavy paper used in the book), but the text block remains tight. Small ink name to front free endpaper. Slight spotting to first few leaves anderudite pencil annotations throughout. A very good copy.The pencil annotations could be erased but they are actually very interesting. This is the first issue binding, a later binding variant with no gilt on the front panel or top page edges exists and is much commoner. See R.A. Gilbert, A.E. WAITE: A BIBLIOGRAPHY (1983), item A24.
¶ An expanded version of the (unillustrated) KEY TO THE TAROT (1910). The Waite-Smith Tarot Deck (sometimes known as the Rider deck) was first issued in 1910. THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT is A. E. Waite's guide to divinatory tarot. Waite was very concerned with the accuracy of the symbols he used for his deck, and he did much research into the traditions, interpretations, and history behind the cards. This is the true first edition of what is perhaps one of the most influential books on tarot ever published.