http://books.google.de/books?id=8eQ6AAA ... &q&f=false
Actually Petrasch might be one of the persons, who made the Tarock popular in Northern Habsburg regions.
In 1750 Petrasch bought a chateau [already in Moravia] for a scholar society "Societas incognitorum" (founded by himself), and it served to present "antique plays" - whatever this means. German Wikipedia interprets it as self written theater plays. The first "Gelehrtengesellschaft im Sinne der Aufklärung in den habsburgischen Ländern" - first scholar society in the Habsburger countries in the sense of "enlightenment". This seems to have been a man of some influence.Nach weiteren Besitzerwechseln erwarb 1750 der Gründer der Gelehrtengesellschaft Societas incognitorum, Josef Leopold von Petrasch den Besitz. Er nutzte das Schloss für antike Spiele.
http://de.wikisource.org/wiki/ADB:Petra ... eiherr_von
According this Petrasch already arrived in his youth in the Czech region and studied in Olmütz. The society was founded in 1747. He authored various serious texts, often with pseudonym. His society was attacked and many projects were stopped in their beginnings.
In a small sentence the author notes a theory about the origin of playing cards or Tarocchi cards:
"Der an der Brenta ließ die erste Karte malen ... "
... somebody living at the Brenta (Italian river, which enters the Adria in the near South of Venice) commissioned the first painting of the cards.
From the perspective of Slavonia (historical region inside Croatia) it's likely logical to associate Venice as the location of the origin of either Playing or Tarot cards (perhaps he knew already the Venetian document of 1299 ?).
Pope and Popess are replaced by Jupiter and Juno. The Hermit is interpreted as Diogenes with lantern. Fortune has a pig, a monkey and a man at the bottom. Force is connected to Samson. The author knows the Hanging Man as cheater ... he is seen as a sort of acrobat. The Tower is called "House of God". The author knows, that stars are suns, but notes, that most doesn't know this. The world is "Earth".