ILLUSTRATED KEY TO THE TAROT - De Laurence, 1920s DIVINATION OCCULT PROPHECY
THE ILLUSTRATED KEY TO THE TAROT: THE VEIL OF DIVINATION, ILLUSTRATING THE GREATER AND LESSER ARCANA EMBRACING THE VEIL AND ITS SYMBOLS. SECRET TRADITION UNDER THE VEIL OF DIVINATION. ART OF TAROT DIVINATION. OUTER METHOD OF THE ORACLES. THE TAROT IN HISTORY. INNER SYMBOLISM. THE GREATER KEYS.
Book Details + Condition: The de Laurence Company (Chicago), circa 1920. All editions state 1918, but de Laurence never updated the reprint editions with new dates. 'By' Lauron William de Laurence (1868 - 1936), renowned plagiarist and publisher of occult goods and literature. See complete title above. Blue-green cloth boards, with gilt title on front and title (etc) on spine. 176 pages, with colored illustrations of cards from the A.E. Waite / Pamela Colman Smith tarot deck. Effectively a pirated edition, the work is actually A.E. Waite's "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" (1911), which De Laurence stole, resetting it, changing the title slightly, and publishing it under his own name. A solid and clean copy, with tight binding; light wear to boards, with some pale smudging / aging to cloth; lightly bumped corners; clean interior, free of markings.