The Dance of Death was first published at Lyons in 1538 and has undergone many editions since. It features woodcuts based on the designs of the famous Hans Holbein.
The haunting woodcuts and their accompanying verses aimed to show that Death would come for anyone, regardless of their station.
To add to the already humbling message, the book features a print of a lonely beggar crying for Death; ironically, this is the only print that does not feature Death itself.
Holbein, Hans, Hans Lutzelberger, Gilles Corrozet, and Austin Dobson. The Dance of Death. London: Chiswick Press, 1898. Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
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