TODTEN-TANTZ, WIE DERSELBE IN DER LÖBLICHEN UND WEITBERÜHMTEN STATT BASEL ALS EIN SPIEGEL MENSCHLICHER BESCHAFFENHET...

, Matthaeus Merian (illus.)

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Frankfurt: [Merian], . First Merian Edition Small quarto (6-5/8" x 8") bound at a later date in early manuscript in red and black over boards with an illuminated letter; [3], 4-206, [2] pages. Illustrated with a title within allegorical engraved border, 42 engravings depicting the Dance of Death by Merian, an engraved illustration ("Memento Mori"), and a striking reversible portrait showing the sitter alive and dead. Merian's depictions of the Dance of Death were copied from fifteenth-century frescoes on the churchyard wall of the Dominican church in Basel; the frescoes were restored in the early sixteenth century and again in the early seventeenth century. Johann Jakob Merian originally engraved the plates in 1621, after the second restoration, and Matthaeus Merian revised them in 1649 for this edition. The images provide lively vignettes of contemporary life and costume, from the moneylender at his table to the peddler with his tray of goods, the artist and the musician, the cardinal and the king, all treated universally by Death, represented as a skeleton, as he leads them to their common destiny. Library bookplate on the front pastedown and slip on the rear, each plate with a small ink stamp on the verso. Small, old bookseller's ticket of Gustav E. Stechert of New York on the front pastedown. Very clean copy with only light marginal foxing and a small stain at the center of just the last few pages, most noticeable on the reversible portrait. Early ink name of Georg Neumann with a short paragraph in German in a small hand on the front endpaper. Binding a little darkened with white library numbers on the spine which has a small tear and a dark stain on the rear board that bleeds slightly into the interior. A Near Fine copy in an attractive binding (Item ID: 018474)


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