Beck (Lips & Spalinger)

Coloured edition
Beck: Fool
Detail from the preacher
Basel, Lips and Spalinger

Published by Beck in Basel. The woodcuts were executed by Lips and Spalinger of Schaffhausen.

The text is in German, French and English.
Basel, Beck

Jakob Friedrich Ferdinand Lips (1825 - 1885) and Johannes Spalinger (1819 - 1857) jointly owned their "Xylographische Anstalt" until 1855, when Spalinger took over sole ownership. The woodcuts are copies of Merian's copperplates, and a few are signed (picture to the right).

The first(?) editions carry the year 1852. Later editions are identical except for the title pages, where the text has been rearranged and the year is missing.

All editions are trilingual: German, English and French. The translations are those from the late editions of Chovin and I have placed them under each dancer.

Coloured version
Beck, Folder
Folder in English
Beck, Folder

The book was sold along with a folder showing the entire dance on a single sheet. To the right is such a folder in English.

Todtentanz (first page of the reproduction)
Beck, Basel
Peasant, painter and painter's wife (last page of the reproduction)
Beck, Basel

Lips og Spalinger also published "Die Stadt Basel historisch-topographisch beschrieben" two years later in 1854. This richly illustrated book includes a smaller reproduction of the dance of death.

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The 1852-edition

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Preacher
Beck 1852: Preacher
Ossuary
Beck 1852: Ossuary
Pope
Beck 1852: Pope
Emperor
Beck 1852: Emperor
Empress
Beck 1852: Empress
King
Beck 1852: King
Queen
Beck 1852: Queen
Cardinal
Beck 1852: Cardinal
Bishop
Beck 1852: Bishop
Duke
Beck 1852: Duke
Duchess
Beck 1852: Duchess
Count
Beck 1852: Count
Abbot
Beck 1852: Abbot
Knight
Beck 1852: Knight
Lawyer
Beck 1852: Lawyer
Senator
Beck 1852: Senator
Canon
Beck 1852: Canon
Physician
Beck 1852: Physician
Nobleman
Beck 1852: Nobleman
Noblewoman
Beck 1852: Noblewoman
Merchant
Beck 1852: Merchant
Abbess
Beck 1852: Abbess
Cripple
Beck 1852: Cripple
Hermit
Beck 1852: Hermit
Young man
Beck 1852: Young man
Usurer
Beck 1852: Usurer
Young woman
Beck 1852: Young woman
Musician
Beck 1852: Musician
Herald
Beck 1852: Herald
Mayor
Beck 1852: Mayor
Executioner
Beck 1852: Executioner
Fool
Beck 1852: Fool
Merchant
Beck 1852: Merchant
Blind man
Beck 1852: Blind man
Jew
Beck 1852: Jew
Heathen
Beck 1852: Heathen
Heathen woman
Beck 1852: Heathen woman
Cook
Beck 1852: Cook
Peasant
Beck 1852: Peasant
Painter
Beck 1852: Painter
Mother and child
Beck 1852: Mother and child
Adam and Eve
Beck 1852: Adam and Eve
Ossuary
Beck 1852: Ossuary
Noblewoman
Beck 1852: Noblewoman
Herald
Beck 1852: Herald
Fool
Beck 1852: Fool
Folder
Beck 1852: Folder
Folder
Beck 1852: Folder
Basel
Beck 1854: Basel
Basel
Beck 1854: Basel

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