On the previous page we saw how Nicolas Oudot published a Danse Macabre, using the original woodcuts from Paris.
The book on the left was also published by Nicolas Oudot, but in all probability it's not the same person. Presumably the previous book was published by Nicolas I Oudot (ca. 1565-1636), while the present book was published by the son, Nicolas II Oudot (1616-1692) in 1641.
But it is not only Nicolas Oudot, who has changed. The same thing is true for the four cadaver musicians that we have known and loved since 1486. They are copied with skill and detail, but when compared with the original, it's clearly a rough copy. The pillars at the sides and the arcades above have been removed.
The same goes for the other woodcuts: They are all copies, and particularly at the beginning of the book many of them are quite good and detailed. There is one exception though: The authority (picture to the right) is the original woodcut from 1491, but compared with the original image, the top, right corner and the entire right side has been replaced. The pillar has been moved left.
As mentioned two woodcuts had been missing since 1531, and these are still missing in this version. Nicolas II Oudot has not been able to copy those woodcuts that had disappeared.
The woodcut with the abbess (with shepherd's crook) and the knight's wife is missing. Nicolas Oudot the Elder had instead chosen to use the image of prioress and young woman and then interchange prioress and young woman with the shepherdess and the woman with crutches in order not to use the same woodcut twice in a row. Nicolas II Oudot goes one step further and illustrates the moved prioress and young woman by reusing the woodcut of bride and sweet wife. Strictly speaking this means that there was no longer any reason to change the sequence, but evidently young Nicolas had forgotten why his father had once done so.
But this is only the beginning for the books were reprinted for many years to come in Troyes by the heirs of Oudot