I’ve been working since the end of 2015 on “Les Triomphes”, I’m about to finish the pre-ordered decks, thanks to all the people who gave me their trust for their patience.
On the “more affordable” range of product, I’m extremely excited to announce a completely new serie of facsimiles of the Triomphes de Paris, handmade, starting with a limited Blue edition of only 12 copies, at a regular price, and a unique handpainted deck also pretty affordable for the collectors.
The handpainted serie will probably be produced one by one with different caracteristics, this very first copy is printed on a luxury 300g aquarelle paper and the drawings are retouched by hand.
The regular fac simile will be printed next on white paper, some new limited editions on coloured paper, and if the demand is sufficient maybe a “deluxe” version with glued backs (although I find the new back design, inspired by the handmade back design for “Les Triomphes”, quite satisfying).
I’m really happy to inform you that a third edition of the Palimpsest Lenormand is finally available. It will be distributed as print on demand by PrinterStudio so I won’t have to manage stocks and shipping, as I can’t afford the time being currently working on Les Triomphes .
Doing some sorting in old cardoard boxes I stumbled upon a totally unexpected stock of some of my out of print decks (no, no Palimpsest Lenormand there, sorry for those who keep asking about this deck).
There I found 15 copies of the Triomphes de Paris fac-simile 2nd edition, which is a good news for those who wanted to buy the last remaining copies. Also were three copies of the FIRST edition, among which was one with the extra and quite rare “ECVREVIL XXX” card (it was only available in the first run).
Even more unexpected, there lied four signed copies of the TRIOMPHES MMXII which were probably put aside for someone who forgot to ask for them, and I totally forgot they even existed.
The most curious oddity I didn’t remember existed is a very peculiar slightly larger than life Triomphes de Paris facsimile, poker sized and printed on plastic cards ! Plastic cards do sound great (and I mean “sound” as in noise), they tend to be subject to scratches if not taken care of properly, normal use on a playing card textile is allright. Five copies only were ever printed, and a single one is still wrapped in its celloplastic enveloppe. This so-called “Deluxe edition” was initially created as a prop for a movie – but the director decided to (or had to) cancel the Tarot reading scene, so the cards were never used (the movie was a nice one though). Illustrated here is another copy which I unwrapped that I’ll keep for my personal collection. I never went ahead and published a plastic or regular poker sized facsimile, although it was a really nice size for this fac simile. Alas this project happened a little moment before I had suddenly so many quality problems and delays troubles with my former printer.
If any of these items interest you, please contact me privately through email at firstname.lastname@example.org (the TdP 1st ed. with the extra card is gone already and only 13 2nd ed. are remaining as I am typing this).
I think everyone with or without a facebook account can see this link which has more pictures
So here it is official at last ! I’ve been working almost non stop on my next deck during the last months, and it is still not finished but the first round of preorders is already open. The special price of 300€ shipping included will only last for the first 10 preorders, then shipping will no longer be included and the price will be raised as explained on the dedicated page (which is currently the front page of the website).
Since I’m taking a couple of days away from the tools to get busy with all the emailings, contacting past customers, answering emails, social networking, etc… I thought it would be appropriate to post something on this rather inactive blog.
First : a companion booklet for the Triomphes de Paris, the little black booklet, is finally available starting right now (english only) as digital download.
Second : any buyer who bought the Triomphes de Paris deck or fac simile (1st or 2nd ed) from tarotparis.com or directly from me before march 2014 will get a coupon for a free copy of this e-book – just send me an email for verification !
You’ll find a selection of framed handmade prints in the “handmade” section of the shop. Those are original designs, carved and printed by hand, in frames, all are dated and signed, and it’s still time to get them for christmas !
There are now only 4 copies left (edit : as of 21st august 2013 there is no ocopy left) for the first edition of the Triomphes de Paris fac simile.
I wrote in a previous post here about the differences between the first and second editions, and although I prefer the second one, I know some people liked the thickness of the first – but that’s how it is, there won’t be anymore first edition !
Anyway, the next three orders for the “triomphes de paris fac simile 1st edition” will each receive along with their deck one of the three signed “épreuve d’essai” – taken from early prints of the original deck – as illustrated on the left. The last deck ordered will receive a unique signed enveloppe containing three authentic cards from the Triomphes de Paris – some of those rare cards that didn’t make it to one of the 32 deck (when other cards in the deck were damaged or misprinted, or when an extra sheet was printed “just in case”).
Also if you decide to order both the first and second edition, not only wil you receive either one of the three signed “épreuve d’essai” or the three cards, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a 10 € discount by using the coupon TDPFS1AND2
Since the second edition is available, the Triomphes de Paris fac simile first edition has reached the “collectable item” status. There are – at the moment I’m writing these lines – five copies available – they are intended for those exhaustive collectors among you, dear readers, as in my opinion, the second edition is, quality wise, superior to the first edition.
The 1st ed cards are a bit thicker, but the cardboard is less sturdy, lighter and less opaque than the second edition’s. The 2nd edition features a 310 g/cm² french origin cardboard, linen finish, a much better and accurate printing quality and a more elegant and redesigned back (as simple as the first edition’s, but more detailled and with better, deeper colours).
Here are a few pictures comparing both editions, on the left the discontinued first edition, on the right the second edition, click the pictures to zoom :