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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 08:31 am
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goldenweb
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Anyone seen These before? I can't see the name of the artist anywhere - even on the linked site - perhaps I've overlooked it? Reminds me slightly of the deck by Robin Barnitz.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 09:07 am
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Yep.  I've got 'em and so have a few of the Usual Suspects here.  They're postcard size.  The guy did them when he was a student yo so many years ago. 

eta:  Here's the artist's bio:  http://members.cox.net/boneblack/CardBio4.htm

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 09:27 am
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Thanks Debra - I'd found that page as there's a link to it on the listing, but no mention of the artist's name as far as I can see.

I can't quite bring myself to click 'Buy it Now' - although the drawing is confident and the content original, and there are some I really like - too many darkish/overly masculine cards maybe...

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 01:00 pm
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Pen, I find it interesting and I'm glad to have it.  It wouldn't be a priority if I was wanting a more controlled collection.  It's not a tarot structure, and very much 1978.  This was a pretty good year for me but apparently not so good for the artist, judging by his cards.  They are copyright to Gaetano D. Marabello.

The card titles (no numbers):

Fool
The Turtle-Man
Misinterpretation
Shadow (caught) in the Dark Side
Facelessness
Madness
Inner Strength
Kindness
Betrayal
Enigma
Manic Depression
Fear and Distrust
Machine Head
Space
Alienation
Schizophrenia
Earth
The Man of Many Masks
Apathy and Ice Cold Indifference
Light
Deus ex Machina
Sisyphus
Grim Determination
Ice
Iconoclasm
Bone Black Science (Without Conscience)
Angel
Love
The Giants
Depression
Mother Nature
The Emptiness of the Skeleton

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 01:07 pm
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It's mentioned in Jensen's Manteia Courier 1998-99; apparently in Kaplan's Vol. III page 107

There's a guy on facebook by this name in New England in the US and if that's really his photo, he looks to be about the right age.  Maybe.

:cool:

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 05:01 pm
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Thanks Debra, I'd guess the copyright belongs to the artist, although the info page mentions 'investors', who might have wanted something for their input.

I only have Kaplan 1 and 11 - I wonder what else I'm missing?

According to the listing some buyers thought they looked Satanic - perhaps that's why many are left (out of the edition of over 1,000). I don't think they're at all Satanic - just deep and fairly dark.

Judging from the info page the artist seems to have moved on.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 08:52 pm
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goldenweb wrote:

I only have Kaplan 1 and 11 - I wonder what else I'm missing?


Oh! :?

III and IV have the bulk of information on modern decks.
Do get copies before the prices rise too much.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 19th, 2011 11:11 pm
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Oh! :?
Please don't excommunicate me...:?

I guess I should get them, but there never seems enough money, what with everything else, and I would like to get hold of  Dummett's The Game of Tarot first if one appears at a reasonable price.

Hmmmmmm.....

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I have the deck. A friend of mine who lives is Poughkeepsie, NY gave them to me a few years ago. It was a fabulous gift! The information I have  is:

Bone Black's Cards, A Modern "Tarot" by Gaetano D. Marabello was self published in 1978. I have the 2nd edition of 32 cards.

All the above info was taken from the deck itself.

Best Regards,

 Janet

 

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 Posted: Thu Jan 20th, 2011 07:18 am
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Also, the deck I have came in a large cardboard box. It  came with instructions typed out. I think my friend Dawn purchased them in the early 80's, since this is a second edition.

 Janet

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 Posted: Thu Jan 20th, 2011 08:12 am
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Ah, a second edition - I didn't know that - thanks for the info., JB.

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Alrighty, I've dug up the stuff that came with the ones I bought from exactly the e-bay site you've linked, Pen, in Feb. 2010.

There's a single-page typed letter:
"Thank you for your order.

As we explained in the listing and website, the contained cards were hand-wrapped at the time of their printing in 1978 and have never been opened.  ..."

Etc.  Info on downloading card meanings from the web site, no returns, etc.

There's also a Certificate of Authenticity printed out just for me that specifies the purchase date and,
"This certifies that the Bone Black's Cards you have purchased is authentic and was one of the original printings created in 1978"

and specifies

Control No. Deck # 124 out of 1650

With a picture of the backs and a line entitled Artist's Signature which I assume has a pasted-in copy of his autograph.

They're nice enough, as I said.  Would I walk five miles to get a set?  No.  Maybe two miles, on a nice day.  :cool:

eta: Also 32 cards.  Nothing said about reprinting them.  An edition of 1650 is strange, and I don't see that they're numbered anywhere.  It's like an alternate reality in more ways than one.


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I was rather amused by this note on his website.

Only 1650 decks were ever printed, and only
1544 remain in existence....
Shipping will occur every Thursday until
the supply is exhausted.


I have sold nowhere close to 1544 copies from
all twenty three decks I produced over five years,
so 1544 of a single deck could take a few lifetimes :?

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So I'll probably have time to decide...:)

Thanks for the info, Debra. It's very odd about the two editions.

Pen

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Pen-
It's a great deck for $20 bucks.
A very creative, individual, original view of the tarot.
The drawing style is somewhat "of the time", and a bit raw, but seems to be very adequate for capturing the mood he wants.
It's good, honest work. I like it.

It's offset printed, so the quantity hardly matters.
It will probably only be around as long as the seller is around.

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OP, I know, I know, but there's something about some of the cards that's stopping me clicking that button.

I think it's that I don't want to visit those dark places the artist experienced back then. And there's a bit too much testosterone too.

I guess this means I'm not a 'true' tarot collector...

Pen

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goldenweb wrote:
OP, I know, I know, but there's something about some of the cards that's stopping me clicking that button.

I think it's that I don't want to visit those dark places the artist experienced back then. And there's a bit too much testosterone too.

I guess this means I'm not a 'true' tarot collector...

Pen


Also, as it does not have a clear tarot structure, so purist tarot collectors might not want to have it in their collection.

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AdamMcLean wrote: goldenweb wrote:

I only have Kaplan 1 and 11 - I wonder what else I'm missing?


Oh! :?

III and IV have the bulk of information on modern decks.
Do get copies before the prices rise too much.

I just ordered Volume 111 - it has a bio of Pamela...:D

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goldenweb wrote:


I just ordered Volume 111 - it has a bio of Pamela...:D


You will not regret it. I have all his volumes within reaching distance of my computer keyboard as I find I refer to these almost every day.

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