Hajo Banzhaf, author of various German Tarot books in the past 20-30 years, died in the afternoon of 11th of February 2009 in the age of 59 in Munich. His death was quick and unexpected, following the death of his wife Brigitte Theler-Banzhaf not long ago in December 2007.
Hajo had been the dominant Tarot book author in Germany, in German book shops usually half of the productions to the theme were written either by him or in cooperation of him with others. Some of these books were translated to other languages and especially remarkable was Hajo's engagement in translations to languages of East European countries (List of books by books.google.com).
Hajo owned the successful website tarot.de (Google-rank for "Tarot" in German language Nr. 1), visited daily by about 20.000 users and offering a large Tarot Forum.
The German Tarot-Verband e.v was founded 2003 with the participance of Hajo. He was active in the representation of divination with cards in TV, also he showed Tarot at many public readings in various cities in and outside of Germany.
A few years ago Trionfi.com tried to establish an English language Tarot-History Forum at the German site of Hajo Banzhaf.
Two 0ld Cards
At ebay were offered and finally sold for 3110 Euro at 2nd of March 2009 two old cards with the description "2 cartes a jouer manuscrites ANCIENNES (EPOQUE ???) XVIIe XVIIIe XIXème et avant" (size) "14x7".
One of the sold cards (the Knave of Swords) shows similarity to the Knave of Swords in the socalled Charles VI cards, one of the most worthful decks of the 15th century Tarocchi production, called also Gringonneur cards. It had been in the possession of M. de Gaignières, teacher of the grandsons of Louis XIV, who bequeathed the objects together with his complete collection of prints and drawings to the French king. |
The second motif, a Knave of Staves, is not known till now. The suspicion is given, that the 2 cards - in the case, that they don't have the character of a later forgery - are a lower quality copy of the Charles VI deck in a time, when the Charles VI cards had more than the nowadays extant 17 cards.
other similar cards to the Charles Vi cards are already known as Castello Ursino cards (Museo Civico, Catania, Italy; Kaplan Tarot Encyclopedia I, p. 108-110).
The information was given to us by Debra Katz and Aeclectic members OnePotato and Rosanne.
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