St Paul, Minn. Llewellyn Publishing, ND . First Edition Thus. 78 tarot cards + "Calpih Card". Card size 5 1/2" x 3 3/4". Original printed outer slipcase with thumb-notches, cardboard inner box with gilt metallic finish covering and thumb notches. The first full-color version of the Thoth tarot deck to be printed in the USA. This is the Llewellyn publication of the Thoth Tarot deck (sometimes known as "White Box B") which was released in conjunction with Samuel Weiser in 1973. This US printing followed the first colour edition of the full Thoth deck that had been printed in Hong Kong by Llewellyn Publishing in the preceeding year (that is 1972, not 1969, as is commonly but erroneously thought). It was published with the collaboration of Grady McMurtry (then Caliph of the O.T.O), Lee Heflin, and Gerald Yorke. To be clear: unlike the first Llewellyn edition, which was printed in Hong Kong, this Llewellyn / Weiser edition first US-printed edition was printed in the USA, and is marked accordingly, and is thus the Llewellyn variant of the first color US printing. This particular set has the corrected versions of "Eight of Cups" and "Ace of Disks": the versions of those cards in "White Box A" and some early printings of "White Box B" carried design flaws. Unlike later printings this edition was not accompanied by an explanatory booklet although it does have a separate card with a short explanatory text and the contact details for Hymenaeus Alpha - Grady L. McMurtry (the "Caliph Card"). The "Caliph Card" in has the PO Box number as "2043" - in later printings it was changed to "1111."
From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label loosely inserted. Harper is well- known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications.
The cards appear unused and are in VG+ condition, in a VG+ example of the original two-piece printed box: the gilt of the inner box is quite rubbed - as usual - the outer box is a little darkened but generally in much better condition than usually encountered. (Thanks to R. Leo Gillis for his help with this listing.). Item #69755