Title: La grant danse macabre des homes et des femes: avec dis des trois mois et trois vifs, le debat du corps et de lame, la complainte de lame dampnee et lenseignement pour bien vivre et bien mourir, 1858. 1st Edition
Author: Guyot Marchant; Louis-Catherine Silvestre
Publisher: Paris, chez L. Poitier Libraire Editeur
An extremely scarce copy of the first modern version of the Grand Dance of Death produced by publisher and bookseller Louis-Catherine Silvestre.
The book reproduces all 40 men from the original 1486 edition by Guyot Marchant, as well as the 36 women from the 1491 version. The original woodcuts featured two dancing couples per page with additional backgrounds, but due to the smaller format of this book, each page features only one couple.
As the original text, this too is an anthology of sorts. First is the dance of men, introduced by a woodcut of the author, and closed with a dead monarch and the author yet again. Then is the dance of women, following a similar order.
After the macabre dances is the legend of the three dead, and the three living, "the discussion between the body and the soul", "the lament of the damned soul" and "instruction to live well and die well". These sections are not nearly as profusely illustrated, though they are not the main focus of this text.
This volume is illustrated with 85 woodcut engravings.
Worldcat only records about 8 copies in existing libraries.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, 134 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape,
The library accession number is present at the foot of the spine, as well as the perforated name of the university being present on the title page, and once more later in the book. A small portion from the fore edge has chipped off the front endpaper. There is minor wear and rubbing to the boards, with little to no foxing or staining throughout.