I have managed to find an art history student to assist me
in completing the descriptive catalogue of the collection.
She will begin work later in January and hopefully be able
to make a considerable impact on the project. At the moment
I have 1100 items in my descriptive catalogue, but this is
considerably less than half the tarots.
When this is completed it will be the main source for
information about the artwork of modern tarot.
In order to raise some funds to pay her for the work involved,
I will be selling off some of the duplicates in my collection.
I will probably do this through a series of auctions beginning in January.
I have been gratified that one of my contacts in Russia,
has kindly offered to supply me for free, a number of her
tarots which I can also sell to help raise funds. If anyone
else would wish to follow her initiative and donate some
items to these auctions to raise funding, please get in
I interviewed a Ph.D. student in Art History a few days ago
and we agreed that she will work on finishing the catalogue
starting later in January. She has excellent skills in
building databases and scanning items so I have every
confidence in her abilities. When I showed her some examples
she was very surprised at the broad nature of tarot art.
This further confirmed my suspicion that the artwork found
in modern tarot is undervalued by art historians and is
marginalised as ephemera.
I plan to partly fund the cost of employing her through
auctioning off some tarot material beginning in January.
I will post details here shortly.