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First English edition of The Dance of Death

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First English edition of The Dance of Death Boccaccio & Lydgate, 1554 BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). A Treatise excellent and compendious, shewing and declaring, in maner of Tragedye, the falls of sondry most notable Princes and Princesses. Translated by John Lydgate. London: Richard Tottel, 10 September 1554. The first edition in English of the Dance of Death, with woodcuts which “deserve to be ranked as among the best of English sixteenth century wood-engravings" (Pforzheimer). “The Daunce of Machabree” comes at the end of the third edition of Lydgate’s Fall of Princes, adapted from Boccaccio, which is also illustrated by a series of striking woodcuts borrowed from Pynson. Lydgate based his translation of the latter on a mural from the Cimetière des Saints-Innocents in Paris—the earliest known example of the danse macabre tradition, now lost. It is a perfect coda to the Fall of Princes, which recounts of the vagaries of fortune in the lives of famous characters. An incomplete version of Lydgate’s Dance of Death was included with a printed book of Sarum-use hours in 1521, surviving in a single copy. Pforzheimer 74; STC 3177; see Sophie Oosterwijk and Stefanie Knöll, Mixed Metaphors: The Danse Macabre in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Folio (280 x 190mm). Title with woodcut border, woodcut illustrations (some worming and light soiling, repair to upper inner margin of title). Modern half calf over older marbled boards. Provenance: Theo[dore] Coke (early ownership inscription on title page) – Sion College Library (stamp on flyleaf and verso of title) – Blackwells (note, sold in 1977 to:) – William and Allison Kingsmill (grocery magnates and philanthropists).

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: The Open Book: Fine Travel, Americana, Literature and History in Print and Manuscript
Auktionsdatum: 18.06.2020
Adresse: Christie's
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