I've just obtained a slim nineteenth-century manuscript containing indian ink reproductions of what are introduced as Gumppenberg's Tarocchi Italiani. They are not the Neoclassico cards but instead copies of the Lombardi deck. Here's the Fool (probably a comment on my spending habits) from the manuscript (picture size 20 x 9.5 cm), followed by Il Meneghello's version.
I've seen photos of this thing.
I couldn't figure it out....
What do you suppose the purpose was? (If there was one...)
It's bound in book-form...
I don't think it's related to Gumppenberg's original production...
It's not someone making their own deck of cards....
Maybe for study? Someone who had access to the deck, (like in a museum collection) but couldn't actually get their hands on one?
A very curious thing...
Last edited on Fri Aug 23rd, 2019 09:49 pm by OnePotato
It is a curious object, isn't it? I agree with you that it's not related to Gumppenberg's original production, in fact the title page even gets his name wrong (Gumppemberg).
The book cover is made from recycled manuscript, oddly enough in English and from what looks like a lega document and although the writing is faded, I was able to make out a date: one thousand eight hundred and eighty. Of course, I've no idea if this was the original cover, but it places it in the nineteenth century and quite a long time after the original Gumppenberg productions.
Perhaps, as you suggest, these images are copies (made by an English traveller abroad?), of cards from a private collection, cards that they couldn't obtain.
Another possibility, given the large size of the images, is that they helped as an aesthetic or meditative exercise by someone who gained personal insight through the act of reproducing them.
If you're interested in seeing any particular card, let me know.