One of the oldest tarot decks ever created, the Tarot Sola Busca is known for its alchemical symbolism and for having inspired many of the minor arcana of the Rider Waite Smith deck. The first entry in Lo Scarabeo’s new Anima Antiqua series (Ancient Soul), this deck has been lovingly printed with great care from originals found in the greatest collections of rare tarot decks. This is a limited-edition, numbered deck printed on the highest quality stock.
The Sola-Busca deck comprises 78 cards including 22 trumps (called the “Major Arcana” in occult circles) and 56 suit cards (“Minor Arcana“). It is the earliest known tarot deck to be structured this way, a structure which most contemporary occult tarot decks emulate, including the Rider-Waite and Thoth tarot decks. It is also the earliest known Tarot deck in which the trump cards are named and numbered, and the earliest known deck to include rich artwork for all 56 suit cards.
The characters depicted in the Sola-Busca cards include Nebuchadnezzar and Gaius Marius, the uncle of Julius Caesar. The Major Arcana cards loosely follow the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, but also include members of the Roman Pantheon such as Bacchus. (Wikipedia)
Deck Creators: Nicola di Maestro Antonio
Publishing Date: 2017
Deck Theme: Alchemy, Esoteric, Heroes, Occult, and Symbolism
Art Movement: Italian Renaissance
Art Technique: Paint
Deck Status: Limited Edition and Out Of Print