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Basler Totentanz von Matthäus Merian d.Ä., Frankfurt 1696
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Basler Totentanz von Matthäus Merian d.Ä., Frankfurt 1696

Fascinating and very rare work about the Dance of the Death by Matthäus Merian d. Ä. in German: 'Todten-Tantz, wie derselbe in der loeblichen und weitberuehmten Stadt Basel, Als ein Spiegel Menschlicher Beschaffenheit, gantz kuenstlich gemahlet und zu sehen ist.' This work is illustrated with 44 copper engravings by Matthäus Merian, published by Merian Heirs, Frankfurt am Main, 1696.
SIZE:
about h 21.1 cm x w 16.5 cm x d 1.8 cm

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Fascinating and very rare work about the Dance of the Death by Matthäus Merian d. Ä. in German: 'Todten-Tantz, wie derselbe in der loeblichen und weitberuehmten Stadt Basel, Als ein Spiegel Menschlicher Beschaffenheit, gantz kuenstlich gemahlet und zu sehen ist.' This work is illustrated with 44 copper engravings by Matthäus Merian, published by Merian Heirs, Frankfurt am Main, 1696.

ILLUSTRATORS/ PUBLISHER:
Matthäus Merian der Ältere (also "Matthew", "the Elder", or "Sr."; 1593 - 1650) was an engraver and publisher.
Matthäus Merian der Jüngere (also "Matthew", "the Younger"  1621 - 1687) was a painter, engraver and publisher.

TITLE:
"Todten-Tantz, wie derselbe in der loeblichen und weitberuehmten Stadt Basel, Als ein Spiegel Menschlicher Beschaffenheit, gantz kuenstlich gemahlet und zu sehen ist. Mit beygefuegten, aus H. Schrifft und denen alten Kirchenlehrern gezogenen Erinnerungen, vom Todt, Aufferstehung, Juengsten Gericht, Verdamnueß der Gottlosen, und dem ewigen Leben. Nach dem Original in Kupffer gebracht, und daraus gegeben; durch Matth. Merians sel. Erben. Frankfurt, Im Jahr M DC XCVI."

PRINT:
Merian Heirs, Frankfurt am Main, 1696

DESCRIPTION:
We offer you the work "La Danse Macabre", also called "Dance of Death", "La Danza Macabra", or "Totentanz", it is a late-medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the dance of death did unite all. La Danse Macabre consists of the personified death leading a row of dancing figures from all walks of life to the grave—typically with an emperor, king, pope, monk, youngster, beautiful girl, all in skeleton-state.

The "Dance of Death" in Basle is a painted picture showing the Dance of death wich was painted on a wall in Basle in the Middle Ages. The picture is a memento mori, reminding that death can take suddenly every out of life.
Shortly after restoration in 1616 by Emanuel Bock, Merian copied the Dance of Death together with the rimes and put them on copper plates. After publishing the book, the picture got well known all over the world in the middle of the 17th century.
 
BINDING:
- binding in vellum of the time

SIZE:
about h 21.1 cm x w 16.5 cm x d 1.8 cm

ILLUSTRATION:
- 1 copper engraving title from the edition of 1649
- 44 copper engravings

COLLATION:
- 1 blank leaf
- 1 copper engraving title
- 102 leaves (numbered pages 3-206)
- 1 copper engraving
- 1 blank leaf
- the book is complete!

CONDITION:
- in satisfying condition: binding should be restored
Binding:
- binding defective, both covers loosened, should be restored
- book block loosened
Paper:
- good paper quality
- slightly stains, slightly browning
- sporadically few tears at the margins

 

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