The ARTHUR RACKHAM Oracle Revised & Refined SECOND EDITION
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ROOTED IN STORYTELLING TRADITION
This deep and fanciful pack has its own unique symbology and the rich old-world flavor of European fantasy. It is an open-ended divination system not derived from the Tarot or Lenormand, but containing elements of both.Our first priority in the deck’s creation was to treat the artwork with the respect that it deserves.
Always using the images as a starting point, the oracle grew out of the art, with card meanings that reflected, as nearly as possible, the characteristics inherent in the in the original drawings and the stories that they were meant to illustrate. At no time did we attempt to shoe-horn the art into an existing framework; unlike other decks derived from Rackham’s art, this allowed us to feature the work as it was originally created, without cropping, altering or editing Rackham’s work in any way. THE ONLY CHANGES MADE TO THE ARTWORK consist of cleaning, brightening and restoring the images to their original lustre.
NEW EDITION: NEW CARDS
For this refined second edition, a number of changes have been made, taking advantage of several years’ worth of customer input. Sub-titles have been re-lettered in a new but appropriate font, most of the images have been lightly sweetened, the darkest images have been brightened, and the “lengthwise” or sideways cards have all been replaced.
This brings us to the biggest difference: the new edition features more than FIFTEEN new card designs. This is made possible by removing both the sideways and the darkest of cards from the original deck, and also the two informational cards, the contents of which have been incorporated into a 12-page Little White Booklet. The deck now consists of 78 oracle cards plus 1 male and 1 female significator, for a total of 80 cards.
The Arthur Rackham Oracle 2/E has been produced the same company that printed my beautiful Trick Or Tarotand Tinker’s Damn Tarot decks. It features:
80 standard Tarot-sized cards (70mm x 121mm, 2.75" x 4.75"),
printed on 350 gsm high quality art paper,
gold-gilded edging on the cards
a 12 page Little White Booklet.
Packaged in a beautiful two-piece heavy cardboard box.
Created from high-resolution scans of original, early-20th Century source materials -- not from inferior modern reprints. These images are from books in my own collection, circa 1910 and earlier.
Images from Grimm's Fairy Tales, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ibsen's Peer Gynt and more.
Thoughtfully assembled into a working oracle.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ORACLE DECKS EVER PRODUCED. Rackham's art has never looked better.