Wednesday, January 25, 2012

La Crédulité Sans Réflexion

A couple years ago I presented some of the earliest illustrations of cartomancy, dating from the 1770s, though not directly related to Tarot. Here we have two of the earliest printed instructions for cartomancy, 18th-century “Little White Books” from a decade or two later. They are neither pre-Gébelin nor directly related to Tarot and, as such, they are of little of interest to me. However, being from the same general time and place as the earlier prints, they are good companion prints to those in the earlier post. They supplement the narrative presented in that post concerning the first flowering of cartomancy, after two centuries of development. This is the same general era and locale in which occult Tarot was invented.