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The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; w ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2017 by Scarlet Imprint
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Scott
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sinister art historical investigation of the Sola Busca tarot-like deck, linking Renaissance political intrigue between Ferrara and Venice with the attempted pagan revival of George Gemistos Plethon. Potential connections between 15th century elites and the ancient cult practices of Saturn-Ammon in Carthage and Rome are explored. Deliciously evil.

Lovers of book arts will be pleased with the exceptionally fine design and fabrication of the physical book. Black silk shantung covers, deep purple en
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Gaze Santos
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An in-depth look at a very ideosyncratic and mysterious Sola-Busca Tarocchi, One of the oldest and complete decks with uniquely illustrated pips. In fact, you can see where Pamela Coleman-Smith got inspiration for some of her illustrations for the Rider-Waite deck. It is important to note that the Sola-Busca deck is not a conventional Tarot in the strict sense, as it's major arcana is quite different from most other decks. They are portrayals of significant historical and/or mythological figures ...more
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I'm not entirely sure sure how to review this. It's one of the many occasions when having to rate something is completely unhelpful (though that's how the Good Read's Game of Saturn is played). On the one hand, 5* for the small press production values and dedication to quality (though the font with the distractingly weird 's' used for all indented quotes was an odd decision). It functions beautifully as a fine art book. On the other, the text see-saws between close readings of scholarly sources ...more
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