Oblong folio (380 x 480 mm), lower edge deckled, mounted on foam core. Faint crease along top margin. Various presentation inscriptions on verso, not affecting image. Reproduction on fine, thick paper of a woodcut from 'La Grande Danse Macabre' (Lyon: Mathias Huss, Feb. 18, 1499/1500) which is considered to be the earliest extant depiction of the printing press. The 'Danse Macabre' is a book showing how all parts of society are equal in the face of death. Here we see death dancing through a printerís workshop, showing a compositor (the workman who puts individual pieces of types together), the man who worked the press and, in the background, the man who inked the type, in his hand an inking ball. On the right of the woodcut we see a bookseller in an early bookshop. All these activities are recognisable from later descriptions of how printers worked. Our unframed example is already quite suitable for display. Very good antiquarian condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: "Death and the Printers." [Reproduction of a...
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