Thursday, August 7, 2008
"The Dances of Death Through the Various Stages...," Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)
The curator of the John Martin Rare Book Room of the University of Iowa just alerted me to a new addition to their online collection of historical medical texts--Hans Holbien's The dances of death through the various stages of human life: wherein the capriciousness of that tyrant is exhibited... The version featured is an 1803 republication by Scottish artist and engraver David Deuchar, who made copperplates based on Holbein's work. Great stuff, as you can see by the above images.
For more about the book, click here. To see the complete digital book, including many more wonderful illustrations, click here.