Nobody else than Franco and us talks about Minchiate in this context, as far I know. It's usually seen as a Tarocchi.GirolamoZorli wrote:Ah, important, I forgot. I sense a trap. The name of the game. In XVI century we have, from Aretino on, several documents citing Germini. Was the Rosenthal sheet a 96 card Germini pack ? was it called by us Minchiate pack just because we usually take for granted that Minchiate and Germini are the same thing ? in fact, from the middle XVII century on, they were the same thing. Aretino and Cardano (De ludo Aleae, about 1530) do not seem to agree. Even John Florio, in his World of Wordes (1599 or so), says : Germini, a tarot game. Minchiate, a card game.
For me it's a "suspicion with reason", that the Rosenthal deck might belong to a very early generation of Minchiate. Usually it's dated c. 1500. But since recently it's clear, that Florence exported great numbers of "Triunfi" decks since at least 1463/64 and this changes the perspective. Before this was very unclear, if mass production started 1460, 1470 or even much later.
With "export from Florence" is said "trade on land" from or via "Florence"
I don't know so much abot the appearances of Germini and Minchiate in 16th century. Generally we (or I) had the focus on 15th century and I'm catching up in this field just a younger time. But these differences interest me. Whatsays this 1552/53 production? Germini or Minchiate?