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Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story - Stuart R. Kaplan


The creator of one of the most famous tarot packs in the world, Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951) is the artist of the Rider-Waite deck published 1910. She was an occultist, a lesbian and a professional illustrator. LIke many of the women of the Order of the Golden Dawn, she had many avocations at which the excelled; thus Smith was a stage and costume designer,  amateur folklorist, poet, publisher and suffragette. This comprehensive book is the largest ever published on her. It is a collaborative work, a richly and beautifully-illustrated artistic biography. The art reproductions are a veritable exhibition in themselves, and dominate the book with over 400 colour images of non-tarot artwork. There are also reproductions of 30 pages from her visitor's book of 1901-1905 as well as reproductions personal documents, portraits, photographs, and documents. The written materil includes a long biographical account of her life; essays on her contemporaries; a survey of her folktales and poetry; and an exploration of her legacy. With an extensive bibliography and index. 

Stamford, CT: U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2018. Hardback, 440 pages. New.