Book Details + Condition: A scarce book written by the premier
Dutch astrologer at the time, THE GENERAL BOOK OF THE TAROT defines
the entire Tarot divination systems with some unique insights into the meanings
and interpretations of the cards. Here, Thierens examines the
astrological symbolism of the Tarot. According to Gilbert "Waite read the
text in typescript prior to publication and he may have done some editorial
work in addition to providing the Introduction. The descriptions of the Tarot
Cards are based upon Waite's pack." Original oatmeal cloth with black
lettering to spine and double-ruled black border to front board. Black-and-white illustrations. In good
condition: The boards and binding are solid and tight with some shelf
wear; corners bumped and spine edges worn. Two small labels on inside front board and endpaper. Periodic foxing on some pages (mainly on margins). Please see images for more detail, and below for more information on A.E.
Adolph Ernestus Thierens (Brielle,
December 20, 1875 - Bussum, December 30, 1941) was a Dutch occultist,
astrologer and soldier. In 1907 he founded the Netherlands Society for the
Study of Astronomy and Modern Astrology, of which he was president until 1922.
He seen as the founder of Dutch astrology. He became known as editor of the
astrological magazine Urania. His many publications are not only about
astrology but also about Tarot, Theosophy and Freemasonry. Thierens was an
esoteric astrologer who approached astrology from a theosophical angle. The
society founded by him still exists as a working community of Astrologers.