First edition. Publisher's original dark grey cloth with gilt titles to the spine and upper board and a detailed, gilt stamped ouroboros-like design featuring two snakes to the upper board. Illustrated with black and white woodcut illustrations throughout. A very good copy, the binding firm, with some fading to the spine and board edges and light wear and scuffing to the upper and lower board. The contents, with some faint pencil marks to the endpapers and prelims, are otherwise clean throughout.
Hans Holbein's stunning woodcuts for the Alphabet of Death (which ties in with his original Dance of Death), accompanied by Latin quotations, shows a different person for every letter of the alphabet, from a musician to a child in a crib, and serves as a dark memento mori. Provenance: from the library of Martin Stone.
Stock code: 16516
Paris: Edwin Tross.