St. Paul, Minnesota; printed in Hong Kong: Llewellyn Publications, circa 1969.
First Edition. Cards. Box measures 5 3/4" X 4 1/8" X 1 1/2". 78 tarot cards, plus "Caliph Card," each measuring 5 1/2" X 3 3/4". No date of publication, generally assumed to be 1969 though several scholars date it to 1972. Printed in Hong Kong. Original, outer printed white box with thumb notches, printed in gilt and red to cover, with black lettering to sides and color illustration to rear. Golden body box. Mild edgewear to white box, with heavy foxing to all surfaces except rear of box. Moderate surface wear and edgewear to gold body box with scuffing and scratching visible in light. Moderate edgewear to tarot cards, with indentations to top and bottom left corners of all cards, small mark of soiling to "Caliph Card" at top edge, and very occasional gentle creasing to a corner. No borders to backs of cards, faces have a powder blue border with variation in color throughout, some cards paler and some darker. 8 of Cups card is missing the "8" at top of card and the pentacle on the Ace of Pentacles card is upside down, as issued and indicating early, uncorrected printing. The "Caliph Card" contains a brief explanation of the origins of the Thoth Tarot and includes the contact information for Hymenaeus Alpha (Grady L. McMurtry), this card states the P.O. Box as 2043, as called for in descriptions of original printings. Cards are in very good condition, box is in good condition, due to foxing. A highly presentable edition of Aleister Crowley's beloved, bestselling, and enduring Thoth Tarot featuring the art of Lady Frieda Harris, perhaps the rarest trade issue of the set as it is the earliest trade printing, preceding the U.S. Llewellyn and Weiser printings, with the exceedingly rare "Caliph Card" present. Good +. Item #4271