Summary: The book, Dodendantz, is very jumbled. By repeating the steps that the printer went through years ago, we might discover why.
The format of Dodendantz is called quarto. This means that the printer folds the sheet twice in order to get 4 leaves or 8 pages as shown by the diagram below:
Sounds easy, right?
We'll start with one side of the sheet and use the pictures from the dance of death from 1489, namely the hermit, the canon, Death with scythe, Death on the lion and Death with spade.
When this side of the sheet has been printed, we'll turn it over. The other side is even easier. Put down the next two dancers: physician and abbot — each with "his" Death. There's only one problem:
All that's left is to fold the sheet and cut it open:
When you open up the pages it'll look like this:
Oops! Something went wrong: Death appears on the right of all the page openings. This means that our readers will have to read Death's lines to the right first and then the humans reply to the left.
Well, sheets happen, as we printers say. Maybe this is why Dodendantz was the last book to appear from the Mohnkopf printery and the wood blocks were sold to young Hans Vingaard, who brought them along to Copenhagen.