chalimacos wrote:Thanks for the detailed and informative answer, Huck. That explains the mystery. Still, it would be nice to have access to the full Ottone deck, especially to some of the majors that are also in Sforza Castle.
I don't know, who has the Ottone deck, which was reproduced by Fournier. Hasn't Fournier a playing card museum?
Shouldn't one suspect, that the reproduced deck was in the possession of the Museum?
Or do you have better information?
I've found here a snippet ...
"By the second quarter of the century [18th] this earliest form of the Tarocco Piemontese was being made in Piedmont itself; the earliest example known to me is one by Giuseppe Ottone of Serravalle made in 1736 and now in the Museo de Naipes Fournier in Vitoria."(GT 196.)
... which likely goes back to the collection of Michael Hurst and to GT = Game of Tarot by Dummett
It looks, as one of the both has 3 arms .... :-)
Is this identical to the edition of 1975?