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THE DANCE OF DEATH PAINTED BY H. HOLBEIN AND ENGRAVED BY W. HOLLAR [bound with] THE DANCE OF MACABER
[London James Edwards, 1789]. 8vo., very handsome full polished calf with a series of decorative borders (gilt and blind) in the manner of Edwards of Halifax; spine with five raised bands and a black morocco label with gilt and blind decoration within the compartments. A.e.g., pink endleaves. Based upon Holbein's original 15th century designs, Wenceslaus Hollar, the Bohemian etcher born in Prague in 1607 created copper plates for his own Dance of Death. In 1647 an edition of 30 copperplates wa... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,300.00

 
THE DANCE OF DEATH...Engraved by W. HOLLAR
Holbein Hans
London J. Coxhead, 1816. Publisher's printed gray boards, copy set within decorative borders; spine renewed with matching paper. Based upon Holbein's original 15th century designs, Wenceslaus Hollar, the Bohemian etcher born in Prague in 1607 created copper plates for his own Dance of Death. In 1647 an edition of 30 copperplates was brought out in London; another edition from these plates was published in 1651. The plates then disappeared from sight until the late 18th-early 19th centuries... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$850.00

 
THE DANCE OF DEATH, from Original Designs of HANS HOLBEIN, Illustrated with Fifty-two Woodcuts
Bewick Thomas and John
THE DANCE OF DEATH, from Original Designs of HANS HOLBEIN, Illustrated with Fifty-two Woodcuts
Newcastle upon Tyne Printed for William Charnley, 1789. 8vo., tan diced binder's cloth, plain sides, title gilt-stamped on the spine: HOLBEIN'S DANCE OF DEATH. Spine rebacked with a small portion of the original lacking. FIRST EDITION with 52 woodcuts of the Dance of Death of which 51 are after Holbein's designs; the full-page frontispiece, which contained a figure of the Deity habited as a Pope, was changed in deference to Protestant sentiment, for an original design. This Charnley/... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,950.00

 
THE DANCES OF DEATH, through the Various Stages of Human Life. Etched by D. Deuchar, F.A.S
Holbein Hans
London S. Gosnell, 1803. Sm. 4to., contemporary paneled calf with blind decorated sides and spine, which has been rebacked much earlier; red morocco label, all edges stained red. Occasional foxing, mainly to the beginning and end; a handsome, well-printed copy. The 46 Dance of Death plates are within separately engraved borders in four different designs, three of which are copied with slight variations from the Diepenbeke borders to W. Hollar's plates. As to the plates themselves, 30 are copie... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,250.00

 
THE DANCES OF DEATH...in Forty-six Copper Plates...ETCHED BY D. DEUCHAR
Holbein Hans
London W. Smith for John Scott & Thomas Ostell, 1803. Squarish, small 4to., original gray publisher's boards with a printed paper label: Holbein's Dance of Death with Fifty Plates. Twelve Shillings. Rebacked, a few plates guarded, slight widespread spotting. RARE IN THIS STATE. As to the plates themselves, there are fifty, as the cover label states (the title-page calls for 46), and they differ in number slightly from another edition of the same year printed by S. Gosnell for Scott and... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,150.00

 
THE DANCES OF DEATH, through the Various Stages of Human Life....in Forty-six Copper Plates...ETCHED BY D. DEUCHAR
Holbein Hans
London W. Smith for John Scott, 1803. Small 4to., contemporary red straight grain morocco, expertly rebacked, with a half-inch wide decorated border surrounding a blind-tooled border; spine with four raised bands and elaborate decorative gilt tooling. A.e.g. The work contains a total of fifty plates of which 46 are devoted to the Dance of Death. The plates are printed without the decorative borders found in copies printed by S. Gosnell for John Scott the same year. In this copy, they are interleav... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,250.00

 
DER TODTEN-TANZ...LA DANSE DES MORTS
[Holbein Holbein]
DER TODTEN-TANZ...LA DANSE DES MORTS
Basel Chez Maehli-Lamy, 1843. 8vo., three-quarter green cloth over marbled boards, with the title stamped in gilt on the spine, and bookplate of Edward Cheney on front pastedown. This bilingual edition begins with a short history of the subject, followed by a series of woodcuts portraying the usual array of humankind confronting Death personified. A number of the plates bear the initials GS along with a rendering of a knife to signify the name of the wood cutter, George Scharffenberg, who first cut these i... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$625.00

 
DER TODTEN-TANZ, wie derselbe in der Weitberühmten Stadt Basel
[Van Sichem Georg]
Basel Gebrüdern von Mechel, 1796 [1843]. Tall 8vo., later quarter cloth over 19th century boards with morocco corners. Quite a nice copy. The work contains 41 large woodcuts of the Dance of Death (many signed with the initials GS), partly after the renowned Basel paintings and partly after Holbein's designs, with descriptive text above and below the images. There is an inserted frontispiece on thin yellow paper which depicts a view of Basel, entitled: "Der Todten-Tanz zu Basel. Anno MDLXXVI.&... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$875.00

 
The Dance of Death...in a Series of Fifty-two Engravings on Wood by Mr. Bewick. London
[Holbein Hans]
London William Charlton Wright, 1825. 8vo., Publisher's printed boards, rubbed and hand soiled, with a calf spine; internally, quite nice. First edition of what purports to be the work of John Bewick but probably is not. As Aldred Warthin (The Physician of the Dance of Death. pp. 81-82) writes: "The cuts with several exceptions are imitations of the original Holbein, but are absurdly modernized; both the costumes and the properties are represented in the contemporary style...[they] have s... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$775.00

 
The Dance of Death Painted by H. Holbein
Hollar Wenceslaus
[London James Edwards, (1789]. 8vo. (7 x 4 3/4 inches), full contemporary acid calf with a gilt decorated floral border; smooth rounded spine with horizontal Greek key gilt bands and floral decoration within the compartments, morocco title label. Slightly rubbed at the extremities. The edition is printed on thick paper and there is occasional light foxing. A very uncommon edition and not seen before with the added 23 leaves at the end (see below). Based upon Holbein's original 15th century d... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$2,450.00

 
De Arte Bene Moriendi: libri duo
Bellarmino Roberto Francesco Romolo, saint
De Arte Bene Moriendi: libri duo
Coloniæ Agrippinæ [but Amsterdam] Apud Cornelium ab Edmond [i.e. G. J. Blaeu], 1634. 12mo. 4 7/16 x 2 inches), contemporary burgundy morocco with a series of triple gilt fillet borders forming an inner panel with a coat of arms in the center; spine with four raised bands, gilt tooling and titling. Board edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles; a.e.g A characteristic 17th century Dutch book (with its false Cologne imprint) opens with an historiated engraved title-page featuring an elegantly dr... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$850.00

 
Det menneskelige Livs Flugt, eller Doden-Dands...Besorget til sine Landsmænds Rytte og Fornøjelse af
Borup Thomas Larsen
Det menneskelige Livs Flugt, eller Doden-Dands...Besorget til sine Landsmænds Rytte og Fornøjelse af
Copenhagen J. H. Schubothe, 1814. Small 4to., more-or-less contemporary marbled boards with a morocco spine label and a gilt cypher on the cover (by Gustave Hedberg, Stockholm, with his ticket). Woodcut title-page with two skulls followed by 36 large (5 x 5 1/4 inch) woodcuts and verses devoted to the Dance of Death. Although the theme is traditional--Death in the form of a skeleton ushers away people of every class to their final reward: the Pope, Emperor, King, Queen, right on down to the child ... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$4,250.00

 
THE ENGLISH DANCE OF DEATH FROM THE DESIGNS OF THOMAS ROWLANDSON. And THE DANCE OF LIFE
[Combe William]
THE ENGLISH DANCE OF DEATH FROM THE DESIGNS OF THOMAS ROWLANDSON. And THE DANCE OF LIFE
London R. Ackermann, 1815-1816 & 1817. Three vols. Lg. 8vo. (9 3/4x 6 1/4 inches), in the publisher’s remainder binding of orange vertical ribbed cloth, with blind blocked decoration on the covers and gilt decoration (featuring a large femur and a country Church graveyard on the Dance of Death volumes, and dancing figures on “Life”). Top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. In very nice condition with a just a minimum of handling wear. With binder’s ticket of Remnant & Edmonds in... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$3,950.00

 
[From the Title-page] OTJKUABCDEF
[From the Title-page] OTJKUABCDEF
N.p. [New Haven] Skull & Bones Soc., N.d. [not before1886]. Sm. 4to. (5 1/4 x 4 inches), original black dyed grained sheep, with a narrow blind toothed border on the covers and the figure “322” stamped in gilt on the rear cover. Plain spine with four bling-blocked horizontal bands; all edges stained gray. The book consists of a membership list of the Society consisting of the names and home towns of members from the year 1833-1886, divided by part titles that feature the scull and bo... more information
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$750.00

 
Hans Holbein's Celebrated Dance of Death... Illustrated by a Series of Photo-Facsimiles from a Copy of the First Edition Now in the British Museum
Humphreys H. Noel
London Bernard Quaritch, 1868. 8vo., publisher's brick cloth with a triple gilt fillet border; in the center of the cover is a gilt design adapted from one of the plates [Death beating on a kettle drum surrounded by a triangular frame of bones, along with the title of the book]. Fine crisp copy Humphreys' main essay, a concise history of the origin and subsequent development of the subject, precedes the plate section, which is followed by a short chapter entitled, The Treatment of the Devi... more information
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$375.00

 
La Grande DANSE MACABRE DES HOMMES ET DES FEMMES, précédée du Dict des trois Mors et des trois Vifz, du Débat du Corps et de l'Ame, et de la Complaincte de l'Ame Dampnée
La Grande DANSE MACABRE DES HOMMES ET DES FEMMES, précédée du Dict des trois Mors et des trois Vifz, du Débat du Corps et de l'Ame, et de la Complaincte de l'Ame Dampnée
Paris Baillieu, N.d. [1862]. 4to., contemporary three-quarter black calf over marbled boards; on the front paste-down is wonderful etched Memento Mori bookplate depicting a standing skeleton with outstretched arms that have sprouted foliage, standing amid a pile of books. According to the AAA Sale Catalogue of the Susan Minns collection of Dance of Death books [item 146], this edition reproduces "the text of the original 1486 Marchant edition, with woodcuts printed from the blocks cut for the Troyes e... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$750.00

 
Missæ Pro Defunctis
Turin Augustae Taurinorum, 1889. Folio (15 x 10 1/4 inches), full brown crushed morocco with a quarter-inch high-inch-wide curvilinear border decorated in gilt on both edges, on which are mounted (in the four corners) three-dimensional deaths heads atop crossed bones. Recessed in the large central field is a rough hewn cross covered in brown leather with the initials, INRI, in gilt on a swag at the top; draped on the cross itself is a white shroud covered in white leather. The rear board is almost complet... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$1,650.00

 
Niklaus Manuels Todtentanz gemalt zu Bern um 1515-1520, Litographiert nach den getreuen Copien des beruhmten Kunstmalers William Stettler
MANUEL aka DEUTSCH, (NIKLAUS)
Niklaus Manuels Todtentanz gemalt zu Bern um 1515-1520, Litographiert nach den getreuen Copien des beruhmten Kunstmalers William Stettler
Bern Hallerschen, N.d. [ca. 1830]. Oblong folio (13 x 16 1/4 inches), publisher's quarter morocco spine over textured paper covered sides with the title lettered in gilt on the upper cover. A few plates lightly foxed mainly in the margins, but over all an excellent copy. The work consists of 24 large lithographic plates, which follow a portrait of Manuel dated 1530, and six pages of explanatory text and verse. Although the hierarchy of the Dance of Death is familiar—the first few plates ... more information
Offered by The Book Block (Illinois, United States)
$1,950.00

 
SYPHILIS. Poem en Deux Chants...avec des notes par le docteur Giradeau de Saint-Gervais
BARTHÉLEMY JEAN-JACQUES
Paris Bechet & Labé, N.d. [1840]. Tall 8vo., full 19th century vellum over stiff boards, decorated with a double black fillet outer border, surrounding a central border composed of two black lines spaced about half an inch apart, except where the lines swell (once along each side), to allow for the placement of a black-stamped skull and crossed bones, each about an inch tall. Near the top of the central panel the title, Syphilis, is stamped in black and afterwards canceled. There is a small blac... more information
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$975.00

 
TODTENTANZ DER STADT BASEL
TODTENTANZ DER STADT BASEL
Basel C. F. Beck, 1852. Sm. 4to. (9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches), quarter brown morocco over marbled sides; spine with four raised bands and gilt titling. Publisher's original front and rear wrapper bound in (short tear in the rear wrapper mended; small light tide line in the upper margin of the first seven leaves and occasional minor offsetting). One in a long tradition of tri-lingual Dances of Death, the wood-engraved illustrations for which are based on the famous Basel Church wall paintings which ... more information
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$450.00


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