Author:Pamela Colman Smith

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Pamela Colman Smith is known best for illustrating the 1910 Waite-Smith tarot deck, or after the publisher and researcher the "Rider-Waite tarot deck" (at Wikipedia). Single cards are sometimes reprinted. As of May 2019: four are in the database, only as published in 1975 Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media T1316070.

In 1911, William Rider & Son published The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker T14558, with uncredited illustrations by Smith. In a 16-page catalogue bound at the back of the book, its listing of the tarot deck credits Pamela Coleman Smith.

  • "A Pack of 78 Tarot Cards", back page 8 --in two versions of the catalogue, which is the only interior difference between the two books: U Illinois, earlier; U Chicago, later (viewed at HathiTrust).

Smith is not otherwise named in the catalogue.

Library of Congress Cat reports no credits as "Coleman".


Some illustrations reproduced in The Lair of the White Worm (1911, 1st ed. viewed at HathiTrust) are clearly signed with a stylized "PCS" that may be inspired by the asklepian or Rod of Asclepius (at Wikipedia).

See the lower left corner of "Lady Arabella was dancing in a fantastic sort of way", plate facing p. 86 (viewed at HathiTrust) in the 1911 first ed.