Marginal thinking: 08. Jacobinus Suigus

The dance of death starts on the same page as the mass for the dead.
Jacobinus Suigus,  Mass for the dead

Jacobinus Suigus and Nicolaus de Benedictis operated in Lyon, but they have been quick to imitate their Parisian colleagues. Their book of hours from 1499 contains not just the dance of death, but countless other copies of saints from the Parisian books.

Douce writes about this publication:

No. XVIII. "Officium beatŠ MariŠ Virginis ad usum Romane ecclesie. Impressum Lugduni expensis Bonini de Boninis Dalmatini," die xx martij, 1499, 12mo. On vellum. Here the designs are very different, and three of the subjects are placed at the bottom of the page. They consist of the following personages, there being no females among them. It was reprinted by the same printer in 1521.

Papa     Astrologus
Imperator Cives
Cardinales. Canonicus.
 
Archiepiscopus Scutifer
Eques Abbas
Episcopus. Pretor.
 
Rex Monachus
Patriarche Usurarius
Capitanus. Medicus.
 
Plebanus Mercator
Laborator Certosinus
Frater Minor. Nuncius.
 
Amans Puer
Advocatus Sacristanus
Joculator. Heremita.

(Francis Douce, The dance of death exhibited in elegant engravings on wood, 1833, page 71)

As Douce writes, the dance is placed at the bottom of each page, and even though Douce doesn't say it in so many words, these 30 figures are the same as those we know from Simon Vostre and from the Parisian Danse Macabre.

There is also the oddity that the woodcuts are in reverse order. The first woodcut starts with the hermit, who normally finishes this dance: hermit, clerk and child, while the tenth woodcut ends with the pope, who usually starts the dance: cardinal, emperor and pope.

The dance is repeated 6-7 times, but one can't help wishing that the that the printer had made just one good print. Originally I used to gripe over the quality of the scans, but the Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek must have heard my laments, for they have re-scanned the book in a high resolution.

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Jacobinus Suigus' 30 dancers

The 10 blocks are ordered in the "inverted" sequence, starting with the hermit. After that come all 30 dancers in the normal sequence:

Suigus 01
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 01
Suigus 02
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 02
Suigus 03
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 03
Suigus 04
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 04
Suigus 05
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 05
Suigus 06
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 06
Suigus 07
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 07
Suigus 08
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 08
Suigus 09
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 09
Suigus 10
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 10
Mass for the dead
Jacobinus Suigus :  Mass for the dead
Papa
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Papa
Imperator
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Imperator
Cardinalis
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Cardinalis
Rex
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Rex
Patriarcha
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Patriarcha
Chapitaneus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Chapitaneus
Archiepiscopus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Archiepiscopus
Eques
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Eques
Epischopus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Epischopus
Scutifer
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Scutifer
Abas
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Abas
Pretor
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Pretor
Astrologus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Astrologus
Cives
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Cives
Canonicus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Canonicus
Mercator
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Mercator
Certosinus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Certosinus
Nuncius
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Nuncius
Monachus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Monachus
Usurarius
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Usurarius
Medicus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Medicus
Amans
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Amans
Advocatus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Advocatus
Joculator
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Joculator
Plebanus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Plebanus
Laborator
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Laborator
Frater minor
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Frater minor
Puer
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Puer
Sacrestanus
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Sacrestanus
Heremita
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Heremita

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