Today I received copies of a beautiful book on Tarot from Taschen's new Library of Esoterica series. Manifesting in all of Taschen's publications, this is a visual treasure wedded to insightful text. Edited and written by Jessica Hundley, the book also features essays by Penny Slinger, Johannes Fiebig and Marcella Kroll. The tome includes an excellent bibliography and a useful section of resources. The symbolism of Tarot is diverse and complex while still adhering to a traditional set of arcana. The art here spans from some of the earliest examples of Tarot through classic and modern expressions. At over 500 pages and hundreds of full color images, those interested in art and the esoteric tradition will want to add this to their library. No mere art book here; there are practical, historical, and symbolical essays which provide context and wisdom to the diverse collection of Tarot imagery. Check out the table of contents (below).
Readers will recall Taschen's other great esoteric art book: Alchemy & Mysticism which has become a classic collection of Alchemical imagery. As the first book in the Library of Esoterica, this book initiates a great start for the series whose expressed purpose is "for the seekers". I applaud this effort and look forward to more artful esoteric publications to come.
Publisher, Hermetic Qabalist and Symbol-Systems researcher and educator.