Fairfax Murray, Italian 249; Mortimer, Harvard Italian 290
First edition in Italian with Holbein's original Dance of Death woodcuts. An anonymous Italian version had appeared in Venice in 1545, printed by Valgrisi using close copies of the original forty-one Holbein blocks. While Frellon took the Italian text from this edition, the preface deplores the Italian piracy of the woodcuts.
A fine copy which belonged to the celebrated book collector and bibliophile Eugène Paillet.
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