No doubt, it existed ... if anything, the dice possibilities were studied in this time.
But Spirito used 1482 the 20 ... for what reasons is unknown. Probably he is fascinated by his 10-pairs-idea. Or do you see an indication in the text, that he used the 22?
Well, perhaps it is part of his "erotical humor", which I'll show in the following.
But a reigning and for some time dominant Tarot structure 56 + 20 is possible ... see the 20 Pierpont-Morgan-Bergamo Trionfi. And look at the Minchiate, where we actually have a 20 (= 1-15 + 5 not-numbered) + 20 ( =
16-35). Have I not realized and argumented, that the Minchiate is structured according a pairing model ?
Curiously the zodiac sign "Gemini" is reigning in "Germini" (which is called according the highest numbered trump "Gemini") or the game with the later name Minchiate. Gemini = "twins", so "pairs".
Now we meet with Spirito's text another twin-model.
But let's study it.
First: I don't realize, how the author thinks how the reader comes to the chosen kings, perhaps there is an indication at the page with the wheel of Fortune? Some Latin text? Logical it would be conclude, that he used two dice with one possibility "don't ask the oracle today", then we have 21 kings instead of 20.
From the 20 Kings the reader is led to 20 other symbols. The group hopefully starts with moon-sun-star and we feel happy to find something which we know of Tarot (actually these are part of the 5 "not-numbered" elements in Minchiate), but then he throws out a group of mostly animals, some fantastic and few other symbols of other value. Some of the animals look like zodiac-signs ... I repeat the list of the kings:
Davit / Luna - Salamone / Sole ... GOOD PAIR
Turne / Scorpione - Jubba / Stella (Error: Stella before Scorpio)
Priamo / Grifone - Agamenonne / Core ... GOOD PAIR
Artu / Alicorno - Carlo / Diamante (Alicorno = unicorn) ... GOOD PAIR
Josue / Pesscie - Egisto / Boue (Pesscie = fish ; Buve = bull, ox)
Tolomeo / Cancer - Ruberto / Serena (Serena = sirene =woman with two fish-tails as legs)
Alixandro / Cervio - Latino / Dragone (Cervio = stag) ... GOOD PAIR
Nino / Lione - Farone / Cavallo ... GOOD PAIR
Ladislao / Lane (Cane) - Porsenna / Porcho (Cane = dog ; Porcho = swine)
Flumma / Gallo - Desiderio / Vergene (Gallo = cock ; virgin with unicorn)
... reduced we find:
Luna - Sole (moon - sun) GREAT PAIR
Scorpione - Stella (scorpio - star) ??? death-star ??? mixed zodiac ???
Alicorno - Diamante (unicorn - diamond ring) WEDDING PAIR
Grifone - Core (grifon - heart shot by Eros) EROTIC ??? I don't understand the Grifon
Pesscie - Buve (fish - bull) ... zodiac ???
Cancer - Serene (cancer - sirene) ... both belong to water, mixed zodiac
Cervio - Dragone (stag - dragon) I don't understand
Lione - Cavallo (lion - horse) I don't understand, mixed zodiac
Cane - Porcho (dog -swine) I don't understand
Gallo - Vergene (cock - virgin with unicorn from the right; virgin looks "ordered")
Well, isn't it difficult? The fantasies are send here and there, and nobody knows, what the poet wishes to talk about. Now focus at the central part, and there is an Aha-perspective ... SEX ... the whole is about SEX. FEAR - HOPE - GELOSIA and Amore, that was Boiardo's analysis ... here the author has more sense for the details of the fears. What is SEX ... in the eyes in the not-disturbed virgin? And what are her fears? Is SEX like dog with swine, lion with horse, stag with dragon, cancer with Sirene, fish with bull?
Here is the virgin and she appears still not disturbed at the end of the row as Nr. 20 in the first group after the 20 kings:
and here appears another, rather relaxed version of virgin (a little deranged, cause she isn't virgin anymore) with the unicorn at the left side (before it was at the right) at position Nr. 19 of the second group, which I still haven't shown ...
... and this number 19 is followed by a nice looking young man with a libra in his hand at position Nr. 20 of the second group (who had been in the first group an approaching Gallo = cock with specific intentions) .
And Libra, as anybody knows, is the astrological zodiac sign for marriage.
So the whole is about the WEDDING program, already strongly indicated in the first group with the pairs "unicorn - diamond ring" and "Grifon - heart shot by arrows".
The second group shows
1. Sole - these are planets
2. Saturno - ...
3. Venus - ...
4. Marte - ...
5. Luna - ...
6. Mercurio - ...
one expects now Jupiter, but now in pairs follows
7./8.Taurus - Gemini ... that are zodiac signs
9./10. Montone (that's a joke of the author ...looks like Aries, but what is it?) - Sagitario is zodiac sign
11./12. Aquario - Aries (Zodiak)
13./14. Capricorno - Cancer (Zodiak)
15./16. Scorpione - Apollo (on a triumphal chariot) ... well, Scorpio is zodiac, but Apollo is on triumphal march
17./18. Cristallina ???? ... that's the heaven of the stars and then follows Iove (= Jove) (as emperor - or helmed man - with eagle shield)
19./ 20. Virgo (again with unicorn, but now from other side)
What's Montone? Author's joke, that's Montone in the text ...
... and that's the stemma of the small location Montone ...
... compare http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montone
and especially the note, that the famous condottiero Bracchio da Montone was obviously born there.
Spirito had been in Piccinino's troops, and Piccinino was the follower of Bracchio ... and so we do have here a "Montone", which without internet could drive a researcher to many stupid assertions about this symbol.
The strength of the Taurus-Bull (Nr. 7) is probably needed to overcome the Hymen, the following Gemini-scene ...
... where we see, that everybody participating is happy.
Apollo appears likely with the successful ejaculation ...
... and Jove probably indicates, that the seed has reached its goal
There are 10 zodiac signs mentioned in this second group and 7 planets and additionally Montone - Apollo - Cristallina .... Cristallina looks this way:
The only zodiac signs, which don't appear, are Leo and Pisces, [my ERROR follows , later detected, Hera reigns Aquarius]signs which in the Manilius-astrology stand for Jupiter (Jove) and his wife Hera (Juno) and Hera stands for the rules of marriage
[my ERROR] ... both zodiac signs appear in the first group.
Scorpio (the sign of regeneration) opens the zodiacal series in group one, and closes it before the second virgo and libra as the final sign in group 2. The idea of original 11 signs of the zodiac was still living, as seen at the Trivulzio wall carpets.
The 20 prophets finally show the divination texts. 56 triplets each, all connected ... very similar to the Boiardo poem (for the small arcana only).
The final sentence ...
Well, the 20 is used (not the 22) and it's similar to Boiardo's Tarocchi poem and Sola Busca Tarocchi and also Minchiate (pairing-model) and also to the wedding book of 1475. The Triumph of the Hymeneus ... a rather unusual chaos with erotic ideas in the background.
I've doubts, if this version is the original, at least a manuscript edition might have existed before.