ILLUSTRATED KEY TO THE TAROT - De Laurence, 1st 1918 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), 1918. 'By' Lauron William de Laurence (1868 - 1936), renowned plagiarist and publisher of occult goods and literature. See complete title above. Dark blue cloth boards, with gilt title on front and title (etc) on spine. 176 pages, with b&w 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 firm copy, with tight binding; light wear to boards; small bookseller stamp on front free endpaper; and with 23 of the tarot card illustrations having inked-in words ("Will," "Science," etc) - with 2 of the images having a bit more notations.