"In order to consult the oracle with advantage, the enquirer must state the nature of his question to and Lady in the company": Rare first edition of Madame le Normande's The Oracle of Human Destiny
The Oracle of Human Destiny; Or, Book of Fate: Being an Unerring Fortune-Teller and Accurate Interpreter of Mystical Signs & Heavenly Bodies.
Le Normande, Madame Victorine.$1,800.00
Item Number: 92800
London: Printed for the Wholesale Booksellers, 1854.
Rare first edition of this early book of fortune telling and divination through card reading. Octavo, bound in original cloth, folding hand colored chart of a card spread, hand-colored frontispiece portrait of Madame Le Normande, wood engraved pictorial borders. In very good condition. Scarce.
Madame Le Normande's The Oracle of Human Destiny offers a detailed guide to divination through card reading. References to the art of reading Tarot cards to gain insight in the the past, present, and future can be found as early as the 16th century and became closely associated with occult practice. The first corrected Tarot was created by cartomancer Jean-Baptiste Alliette and became popularized throughout Europe with the publication of Jean-Baptiste Pitois' Histoire de la magie, du monde surnaturel et de la fatalité à travers les temps et les peuples (1870).