The Tarot Suite. Janet Thormann.

The Tarot Suite

San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964. First edition. 8vo, unpaginated, saddle-stapled wraps.

A collection of poems based on the major arcana, each of which is printed over a yellow drawing of the card in question. The book was issued as a supplement to the fifth issue of Open Space , the little magazine that was the main organ of the poets surrounding Gino & Carlos Bar, which included Jack Spicer, Stan Persky, and Graham Mackintosh, the printer of this work. A couple of decades after this book was published, the poet married the printer.

Besides being a gorgeously written and designed book in its own right, it is one of the most overt links between the San Francisco Renaissance and the occult. The book includes a poem based upon the Grail, with a note stating "The Grail is not found in the deck." The accompanying illustration is of the Ace of Cups. The Grail legend was of course an important influence on Spicer.

Some minor soiling to wraps, and a small area of creasing affecting foreedge throughout. Very good. Item #29354

Price: $75.00

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