Doten dantz mit figuren (ca. 1492)

The front page
Figuren, 1492
Handwritten note: 1459
1450

Just like its predecessor there is no information about where, when and by whom »Der doten dantz mit figuren. Clage vnd / Antwort schon von allen staten der welt« was printed.

The exemplar in Munich has the handwritten year 1459 on the front page (picture to the right), and this has formerly lead scholars to believe that this edition was older than the 1488-edition, which has "1470" written on it.

Today it is believed that the book was printed by Jakob Meydenbach in Mainz around 1492.

The book is very similar to the 1488-edition. The woodcuts are the same and so is the text except for variants in the spelling. The illustration of the unprepared dead is used once more for the front page (picture to the left).

The Physician
Note the space reserved for large initials.
Figuren, Figuren: Physician

The structure of the pages is also the same with clage vnd antwort«, complaint and answer, in two columns that begin with a very large initial letter. But it looks as if Meydenbach halfway through the process has discovered that he didn't posses these large initials, so even though there's plenty of room, there is only an ordinary letter inside the empty space (picture to the right).

The sequence of dancers has been extensively rearranged and is more logical. Abbot, doctor, good monk, bad monk, hermit and nun are moved up, so they are among the ecclesiastical / learned people, while mayor, senator, citizen, lawyer, scribe, usurer, gambler, thief and innkeeper are moved up among the burghers of the town.

This order is retained with little change in the later edition from 1520.

Modern Reprint

René Wetzel and Anna Sziráki
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Reprint in colour of the copy in Bibliotheca Bodmeriana, 2011.

Introduction by René Wetzel and a translation into French by Anna Sziráki.

Note: The following images are presented in the sequence of the 1488-edition:

Figuren: Dance-house
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Dance-house
Figuren, Ossuary
Figuren 1488: Figuren, Ossuary
Figuren: Pope
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Pope
Figuren: Cardinal
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Cardinal
Figuren: Bishop
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Bishop
Figuren: Official
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Official
Figuren: Canon
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Canon
Figuren: Priest
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Priest
Figuren: Chaplain
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Chaplain
Figuren: Abbot
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Abbot
Figuren: Physician
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Physician
Figuren: Emperor
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Emperor
Figuren: King
Figuren 1488: Figuren: King
Figuren: Duke
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Duke
Figuren: Count
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Count
Figuren: Knight
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Knight
Figuren: Nobleman
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Nobleman
Figuren: Armor-bearer
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Armor-bearer
Figuren: Robber
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Robber
Figuren: Usurer
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Usurer
Figuren: Citizen
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Citizen
Figuren: Craftsman
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Craftsman
Figuren: Young man
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Young man
Figuren: Child
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Child
Figuren: Innkeeper
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Innkeeper
Figuren: Gambler
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Gambler
Figuren: Thief
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Thief
Figuren: Evil monk
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Evil monk
Figuren: Good monk
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Good monk
Figuren: Hermit
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Hermit
Figuren: Doctor
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Doctor
Figuren: Mayor
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Mayor
Figuren: Senator
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Senator
Figuren: Lawyer
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Lawyer
Figuren: Scribe
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Scribe
Figuren: Nun
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Nun
Figuren: Citizeness
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Citizeness
Figuren: Young woman
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Young woman
Figuren: Merchant
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Merchant
Figuren: All ranks
Figuren 1488: Figuren: All ranks
Figuren: Ossuary
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Ossuary
Kassel: Pope
Figuren 1488: Kassel: Pope
Kassel: Young woman
Figuren 1488: Kassel: Young woman
Kassel: Mirror
Figuren 1488: Kassel: Mirror
Kassel: Robber
Figuren 1488: Kassel: Robber
Kassel: Citizeness
Figuren 1488: Kassel: Citizeness
Figuren: Pope
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Pope
Figuren: Child
Figuren 1488: Figuren: Child
Figuren: Pope
Figuren 1520: Figuren: Pope

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