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Ms. Codex 1692 An enquiry into the origin of the game of tharot
TitleAn enquiry into the origin of the game of tharot
- Court de Gébelin, Antoine, 1725-1784
Other related names
- Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner
- Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner
Call numberMs. Codex 1692
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 9962936033503681
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageEnglish, with occasional words in Hebrew and Greek
- circa 1794
English translation by Charles Rainsford of French text on the history and use of tarot cards for divination by Antoine Court de Gébelin.
- Ms. codex.
- Title from title page (V. 1, p. v).
Extent4 v. (188, 180, 130, 196) leaves: mm. bound to mm. +
FoliationV:1: Paper, 188 leaves; [vi], 1-290, 201-278, [ii]. V.2: Paper, 180 leaves; [ii], 1-174, [i], 1-55, 55-182. V.3: Paper, 130 leaves; [iv], 1-246, [x]. V.4: Paper, 196 leaves; [x], 1-76, 72-87, 87-110, 1-4, 4-141, [cxxiv]. Contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners.
BindingContemporary parchment. Moderate to severe moisture damage has made the paper very fragile and the text illegible in many places. Volume 4 has severe moisture damage to paper and many leaves are stuck together.
Several pen and ink diagrams throughout (for example, V. 3, p. 212); pencil drawings of tarot figures (V. 2, p. 175; V. 3, p. 150).
- Formerly owned by Charles Rainsford (British army officer, fellow of the Royal Society, and alchemist); bequeathed by Rainsford to Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland.
- Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 604-607, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014 (bookplate, inside upper covers; stamps throughout).
- Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.
- Occultism--Early works to 1800
- Tarot (Game)--Early works to 1800
- Manuscripts, English--18th century
- Manuscripts, European
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