Grand Dance Macabre, Troyes, 1641

Troyes, 1641
Nicolas Oudot, Title

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.

Authority
Nicolas Oudot, Author

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.

 

But this is only the beginning for the books were reprinted for many years to come in Troyes by the heirs of Oudot

Troyes,
around 1700

Title
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Title
Author
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Author
Four musicians
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Four musicians
Pope and emperor
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Pope and emperor
Cardinal and king
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Cardinal and king
Legate and duke
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Legate and duke
Patriarch and Connétable
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Patriarch and Connétable
Archbishop and knight
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Archbishop and knight
Bishop and nobleman
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Bishop and nobleman
Abbot and bailiff
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Abbot and bailiff
Astrologer and citizen
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Astrologer and citizen
Canon and merchant
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Canon and merchant
Schoolmaster and soldier
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Schoolmaster and soldier
Carthusian and sergeant
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Carthusian and sergeant
Monk and usurer
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Monk and usurer
Physician and suitor
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Physician and suitor
Lawyer and minstrel
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Lawyer and minstrel
Priest and peasant
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Priest and peasant
Promoter and jailor
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Promoter and jailor
Pilgrim and shepherd
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Pilgrim and shepherd
Franciscan monk and child
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Franciscan monk and child
Clerk and hermit
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Clerk and hermit
Halberdier and fool
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Halberdier and fool
Three living
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Three living
Three dead
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Three dead
Authority
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Authority
Four musicians
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Four musicians
Queen and duchess
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Queen and duchess
Ruler and knight's wife
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Ruler and knight's wife
Prioress and young woman
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Prioress and young woman
Shepherdess and crutches
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Shepherdess and crutches
Citizeness and widow
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Citizeness and widow
Merchant's and bailiff's wife
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Merchant's and bailiff's wife
Bride and darling wife
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Bride and darling wife
Virgin and theologianess
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Virgin and theologianess
Newly-wed and pregnant
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Newly-wed and pregnant
Chambermaid and housekeeper
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Chambermaid and housekeeper
Hospitable woman and wet nurse
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Hospitable woman and wet nurse
Peasant woman and old woman
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Peasant woman and old woman
Resales woman and suitoress
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Resales woman and suitoress
Midwife and young girl
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Midwife and young girl
Nun and witch
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Nun and witch
Bigot woman and fool
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Bigot woman and fool

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