Tarot Claude Burdel 1751 [Switzerland]
This 1751 Marseille deck was produced in the Swiss canton of Fribourg, one of the two centres of card-printing in German-speaking Switzerland. Claude Burdel, whose deck this is, headed a family card-printing business which lasted into the 19th century. There survives not only Claude's deck but also the deck of his grandson Jacques, and a comparison shows interesting and subtle differences.
This reproduction is a fine limited edition, issued in a decorated paper wrapper which is itself copied from a rare original. Both the exemplar of the deck and that of the envelope are held by the Museum of Civilisations in Marseille. Research and publication is by Yves Reynaud, with graphic design by Wilfried Houdouin.
France: Yves Reynaud, 2015. Limited to 3000 hand-numbered decks. 78 cards plus two information cards showing limitation and deck number (one in English, one in French). Deck is wrapped in decorated paper. Comes in presentation box, which has a small round sticker showing deck number. Cards are rigid, cream coloured, and matte-laminated with rounded corners. New, unused.