The mid-1970s classic on the tarot cards, by one of the giants of the 20th century Western mysteries. Butler was a student of the great Dion Fortune, and this work represents one of the first important works which aims to cross-reference the imagery and meanings across the tarot decks in circulation at the time. Thus each card is described according to how it appears in the Rider-Waite, Wirth, Marseille and Thoth decks, and then, following this, there is a list of attributed meanings according to the major writers or schools of interpretation. The book is an icon of tarot studies.


Edition. London: Rider and Company. 1975. First Edition. 254pp.


Volume and condition. 9.5" x 6" Publisher's original bright red cloth, titled in gilt to the spine, a very clean bright copy in a dustwrapper that has suffered some unfortunate creasing and is lightly faded to the spine but otherwise strong and bright. A very good, ex library copy with a single library stamp on the copyright page. Also present on the front pastedown is a Treadwell's label dated September 2019 stating that this volume originated in the library of Jean Williams and Zachary Cox. Internally clean.


The Definitive Tarot - Bill Butler (1st ed.)