We have seen how out of the 26 verses in Dance aux Aveugles, the 23 have been reused in "La Vie de l'Homme". Douce writes about Dance aux aveugles on page 232. Then he goes on to mention a book that contains 23 verses from Aveugles with illustrations:
Some of the editions are ornamented with cuts, in which Death is occasionally introduced,
and that portion of the work which exclusively relates to him seems to have been separately published,
M. Goujet138 having mentioned that he had seen a copy in vellum, containing twelve leaves,
with an engraving to every one of the stanzas, twenty-three in number. More is unnecessary to be added,
as M. Peignot has elaborately and very completely handled the subject in his interesting
"Recherches sur les Danses des Morts." Dijon, 1826. octavo.
(138) Biblioth. Franc. tom. x. p. 436.
(Francis Douce: The dance of death exhibited, 1833)
This is Douce at his most frustrating. Did he really expect his readers to figure out what was meant by »Biblioth. Franc. tom. x.«, and then proceed to track down a copy of volume 10 of the (then) 88 year old "Bibliothèque françoise ou Histoire de la littérature françoise" to read what it says on page 436?
Fortunately it is possible these days to find the "Bibliothèque" on Google Books, where it turns out that all there is on page 436 is a synopsis of the real article on page 186. Apart from this, Douce is right: The French author has seen a book, where twelve leaves contain 23 "dizains",(1) each adorned by a picture. The author gives the text from the first of these 23 "dizains", which starts »je suis la Mort de nature ennemie«, so there is no doubt we are dealing with "Dance aux Aveugles" (and not "La Vie de l'Homme").
Douce's second reference is to a book by Peignot, but Peignot only quotes a catalogue, so it's better to look in the catalogue itself Catalogue de livres imprimés. The book in question is a book of hours named "Heures de Nostre Dame à l'usage de Troyes" — printed by Thomas Englart (Anguelart) for Guillaume Godard.
In more recent times, Mary Beth Winn has described the book passingly in "Gathering the Borders in Hardouyn's Hours": »Godard's set consists of twenty-three border pieces that are reversed images of Hardouyn's and of the same size (63-5 x 32 mm.)« (page 151).
So the solution to this puzzle is that Guillaume Godard has copied Hardouyn's Vie de l'Homme, just like he has copied Simon Vostre's marginals. And both Hardouyn and Godard have issued separate booklets with these images, that often are bound together with the proper books of hours.
The booklet mentioned by Douce resides today at the Institut de France (Bibliothèque Mazarine), but sadly the institute hasn't digitized this work.
Fortunately we can find almost all of the images in other books of hours by Godard. Let us look closer at one such book (see external link).
This book of hours is disorganized, to say the least. Two of the images aren't included at all (viz. soldiers and woman in bed), while other scenes are used repeatedly. The images are laterally inversed copies that follow Hardouyn's originals closely, although they are slightly more primitive and a good deal more caricatured.
A few of the images are accompanied by a text from La Vie de l'Homme (not from Aveugles as in Douce's booklet), even though it isn't always for the right images. All in all five verses are brought, but most of the time there isn't any text, or the text is from another work, which Godard has also copied from Hardouyn, viz. "La Destruction de Hierusalem" (picture to the right).
Hardouyn had 2 male and 2 female prophets. Simon Vostre has copied the first male prophet and used him for the authority, who concludes Accidens de l'Homme. Godard has copied the second prophet (picture to the left) and equipped him with a Latin text. This text was originally authored by Dionysius Carthusiensis (Denis the Carthusian - 1402–1471), but the same lines, »Lex metuenda premit mortales […]«, also introduce the printed books with the Danse Macabre of the women.
Godard's woodcuts were later used in a book from 1547 published by Jehan Le Coq of Troyes. The woodcuts were combined with the text from Accidens de l'Homme (see the prophet to the right).
Winn thinks that Godard has copied "Vie de lhomme" from Hardouyn (and not the other way around), because Godard has also copied — and inversed — "La Destruction de Hierusalem" from Hardouyn.(2) I am not familiar with her arguments, but we can see a blatant example to the right, where Jesus ben Ananias shouts his woes over the daughters of Syon: The words "Ve, ve, ve" (Woe, woe, woe) have also been laterally inversed.
Let us attempt a look at the connection between the different works.
The next chapter tries to correlate all these source and The 23 verses.
The previous subject was The Dance of the Blind Death.
Footnotes: (1) (2)
(Mary Beth Winn, "Gathering the Borders in Hardouyn's Hours", page 151)