c.1890 Grimaud Grand Etteilla Tarot Egyptien Type I, 78/78 cards

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c.1890 Grimaud Grand Etteilla Tarot Egyptien Type I,  78/78 cards, with booklet as well as pink and blue indicator cards

Published by B. P. Grimaud, Paris, France, c. 1890
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Card Measurements: 6.6 cm X 11.9 cm

Description: After the occultist Etteilla's designs, the Grand Etteilla by Grimaud is considered a Type I style. Etteilla was the pseudonym of Jean-Baptiste Alliette. His designs are one of the first tarots created specifically for cartomancy.


Deck Identifiers:

  • Style: Etteilla type I
  • Titles: French
  • Cards: tax-stamp on Two of Swords. “This stamp was in use in France from 1940 to 1944.The text is 'ÉTAT FRANÇAIS', 'CONTRIBUTIONS INDIRECTES', and 'FRANCE'” (Endebrock 2011).
  • Colours: chromolithograph
  • Borders: single black-line
  • Reverses: blue pattern of swirls
  • Paper: thinner than earlier editions, but still sturdy pasteboard cardstock with sharp corners
  • Corners: square

    CONDITION:  Very good condition; some wear and stains; with surface spotting and scuffing, colours still vibrant; little to no edgewear with corners sharp. Booklet in good condition, with some marks and staining, including on the front and back cover; corner and edge wear as well as crinkling throughout. See photographs for further details.