Summaries and Comparisons
of Selected Tarot
By James W. Revak

In Chronological Order
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click here  1781.  Antoine Court de Gébelin.  Monde primitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne [The Primitive World, Analyzed and Compared to the Modern World].  Other.
click here  1781.  Comte de Mellet.  Récherches sur les tarots et sur la divination par les cartes des tarots [Research on Tarots and on Divination by Tarot Cards], in Court de Gébelin’s Monde primitifOther.
click here  1785.  Etteilla.  Manière de se récréer avec un jeu de cartes nomées tarots [How to Have Fun With a Pack of Cards Called Tarot].  Other.
click here  Mid-19th Century (manuscript).  Golden Dawn 1.  Cipher ManuscriptGolden Dawn.
click here  1854-5.  Éliphas Lévi 1.  Dogme et rituel de la haute magie [Dogma and Ritual of High Magic, also known as Transcendental Magic].  Aleph = Magician.
click here  1861.  Éliphas Lévi 2.  La Clef des grands mystères suivant Hénoch, Abraham, Hermès Trismégiste et Salomon [The Key to the Great Mysteries Following Enoch, Abraham, Hermes Trismegistus and Salomon].  Presumably Aleph = Magician.
click here  1870.  Paul Christian.  The History and Practice of MagicAleph = Magician.
click here  1887.  S.L. MacGregor Mathers. Tarot: Its Occult Signification, Use in Fortune-Telling and Method of PlayAleph = Magician.
click here  c. 1888 (manuscripts)  Golden Dawn 2.  Fourth Knowledge Lecture, Book “T”–The TarotGolden Dawn.
click here  1889.  Papus 1.  The Tarot of the Bohemians: The Most Ancient Book in the WorldAleph = Magician.
click here  1889.  Oswald Wirth 1.  Essay Upon the Astronomical Tarot, in Papus’ The Tarot of the BohemiansAleph = Magician.
click here  1896.  R. Falconnier.  Les XXII lames hermétiques du tarot divinatoire exactement reconstituées d’après les textes sacrés et selon la tradition des mages de l’ancienne Égypte [The XXII Hermitic Cards of the Divinatory Tarot Precisely Restored Following the Sacred Texts and According to the Tradition of Ancient Egyptian Magicians].  Aleph = Magician.
click here  1901.  Comte C. de Saint-Germain.  Practical Astrology: A Simple Method of Casting HoroscopesAleph = Magician.
click here  1903.  Papus 2.  La Cabbale: tradition secrète de l’occident.  (2d ed.).  Presumably Aleph = Magician
click here  1909.  Aleister Crowley 1.  Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae SummaeGolden Dawn.
click here  1909.  Papus 3.  Le Tarot divinatoire: clef du tirage des cartes et des sorts [The Divinatory Tarot: Key to Reading Cards and Fortunes].  Aleph = Magician.
click here  1910.  A.E. Waite 1.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination).   Golden Dawn (?) or Other (?).
click here  c. 1910.  A.E. Waite 2.  The Tarot and the Rosy Cross.  Essentially Golden Dawn.
click here  1926.  A.E. Waite 3.  The Great Symbols of the Tarot, in the Occult ReviewGolden Dawn (?) or Other (?).
click here  1927.  Oswald Wirth 2.  Tarot of the MagiciansAleph = Magician.
click here  1933.  Joseph Maxwell.  The TarotOther.
click here  1936.  C.C. Zain.  The Sacred TarotAleph = Magician.
click here  1944.  Aleister Crowley 2.  The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the EgyptiansGolden Dawn.
click here  1947.  Paul Foster Case.  The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the AgesGolden Dawn.
click here  1970.  Eden Gray.  A Complete Guide to the TarotGolden Dawn.
click here  1975.  Demenico Balbi.  Tarot Balbi.  Aleph = Magician.
click here  1979-80.  Giorgio M.S. Tavaglione.  The Tavaglione Tarot (Called “The Stairs of Gold”).  Aleph = Magician.
click here  To compare four of the above summaries, specifically Éliphas Lévi 1, Papus 1, Golden Dawn 2, and Aleister Crowley 2, in one table, click here or on the bullet to the left.  Please know that this table is large and may take a couple minutes to display; the time required will depend on the speed of your Internet connection.   However, once it displays, you have all four summaries for easy reference and comparison.
click here  Note concerning selected alphabets (specifically the Alphabet of the Magi and Hebrew alphabet).

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