DANCE OF DEATH, by Hans Holbein - 1947


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Dance on Death

by Hans Holbein

New York: The Sylvan Press, 1947.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Boards shows two bumps along fore edge, scuffing, and edgewear. Corners are frayed, with exposed board. (Please see photos)
  • Spine has frayed ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.
  • Interior is gently age-toned.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. ]
  • Text block edges are inked in red along top edge.
  • VK2021.0625

150 pages. 8.5X10.5 inches.

"The Dance of Death, is an artistic genre of allegory of the Late Middle Ages on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Danse Macabre unites all.


The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or a personification of death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, chind, and laborer. It was produced as memento mori, to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts; the earliest recorded visual scheme was a now-lost mural at Holy Innocents' Cemetary in Paris dating from 1424 to 1425." (wikipedia)



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