Holbein, John [Hans], (1497-1543); David Deuchar (1743-1808); Francis Douce (Afterword & Essay); James Bonar (Ed.). The Dance of Death; Through the Various Stages of Human Life. London: Printed for B. Crosby & Co. (London) by John Jackson (Louth), 1811. First Edition Thus. pp. vi, 1, 32. 8vo., measuring 6.5″ x 8″. Period, textured, full-calf over boards, five raised bands and six compartments, blind-stamped title to the spine and front board, dark green endpapers. Engraved frontispiece captioned, “Le Triomphe de la Mort, Gravé d’apres les Dessins Originaux de Jean Holbein par David Deuchar, 1786” [“The Triumph of Death, Engraved from the Original Drawings of Jean Holbein by David Deuchar, 1786”]. Accompanied with an engraved portrait of Holbein, and twenty-one stunning engraved plates, attributed to David Deucher after the original designs by Holbein [“the designs for Death’s Dance were cut in wood by Holbein, and published with the original texts from which they were taken; from that work the following plates were done.”]; Altogether comprising of twenty-three copper-plate engravings; each numbered, titled, and captioned (text edited by James Bonar), with a short afterword by Francis Douce on Lydgates’ translation of the Dance of Macabre. Moderate wear to the edges and corners of leather extremities, front joint a touch tender (but very much holding), small personal ex-libris bookplate affixed to the front pastedown belonging to a Frederick Gottonhold, light sporadic foxing (chiefly confined to the margins, sparing the engraved plates), faint offsetting from the plates to the opposing leaves of text, otherwise, free of any markings, text, or notations. Overall, a lovely copy. Leather Bound.
Scarce English-language offering of this timeless, gorgeously illustrated, work of medieval memento mori. Indeed, our offering by this publisher, and state being the only extant copy available at time of cataloguing. Equally scarce amongst institutional holdings. Not found in ESTC; Corresponds to OCLC #23112819. (#4597) $1,295.00