In this book is contained/
Death speaks to
Thereupon a final Summary
My dear friends, I'm learning/
Dødedantz starts with a table of contents - the order of appearance, however, isn't quite right. Click the small picture to see the original page. To read the original medieval Danish, click the red and white flag in the top right corner.
It was typical for medieval plays to begin with herald or a "prologus" who would introduce the play and request the audience to remain quiet and listen. Notice his coat of arms: A skull and an hourglass.
Then follows the text (without illustrations) from Copenhagen's Dance of Death with a few variations due to the almost 100 years separating the two publications. The text from Copenhagen's Dance of Death is placed here.
The woodcut had earlier been used for the penultimate page of the act "Kong Salomons Hylding" (Allegiance to King Solomon) from 1585 (picture to the right). In this case the herald was "Epilogus" i.e. the person who wraps up the play at the end.
Sometimes the world is surprisingly small. The book "Ældre Dansk Teater" (Elder Danish Theatre) from 1940 reused the woodcut from "Kong Salomons Hylding" (picture to the left).
This book is one of the few books to mention Copenhagen's Dance of Death (because it's conceived as a theater play). In the clear light of hindsight, it's a surprising coincidence that a book dealing with Copenhagen's Dance of Death used the same illustration as Dødedantz, even though the book was published in 1940 when Dødedantz was unknown.