c.1898 Tarot Besancon Antique Deck B.P. Grimaud Paris France Partial 77/78 Cards

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c.1898 Arnoult Tarot de Besançon

Partial 77/78 cards (no box & no booklet)

Published by B. P. Grimaud, Paris, France c. 1898

Card Measurements: 6.2 cm X 11.8 cm (4.7 cm stack height)


Deck Identifiers:

· Style: Besançon

· Titles: French

· Cards: "Arnoult 1748" on Two of Coins; Tax-stamp on Ace of Coins; "BP Grimaud Paris" printed on side of some cards 

· Colours: yellow, orange, red, brown-red, blue, green, grey, & a peach-flesh tone

· Borders: single black-line

· Reverses: solid brown-burgundy

· Paper: pasteboard cardstock

· Corners: rounded


 Good condition, incomplete, 77 of 78 cards (lacking Arcanum #6). Margin of "Le Mat" (Fool) has a tear and crumbled creasing at the top corner and a rip on the bottom corner (see pictures). Notations (numbers) in pen and pencil on most cards of the deck (see pictures). Slight scuffing of surfaces and age discolouration. No signs of patina. Reverses show edge-wear and occasional chipping.