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[Hawkins, J.S., ed.]. Emblems of mortality; representing, in upwards of fifty cuts, death seizing all ranks and degrees of people. London: T. Hodgson, 1789. 12mo (17.1 cm, 6.75"). Frontis., , xxviii, 51,  pp.; illus. $950.00
First edition: "Imitated from a painting in the cemetery of the Dominican Church at Basil, in Switzerland: With an apostrophe to each, translated from the Latin and French. Intended as well for the information of the curious, as the instruction and entertainment of youth." Thomas and John Bewick (according to Hugo; the ESTC and other sources indicate that most likely only John was involved) worked from the woodcuts by Hans Lützelburger after Hans Holbein to provide the => frontispiece and 51 illustrations for these verses, adapted largely from a Latin edition of 1547 with additions from a French rendition of 1562 — as described in Hawkins' scholarly overview of the Dance of Death, which opens the volume.
Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of the Gray family (with "Anchor fast anchor" motto); front free endpaper with armorial bookplate of G. Wüthrich (with inked shelving number); back pastedown with armorial bookplate of C. Robert Bignold.
ESTC T139829; Hugo, Bewick Collector, 35. Contemporary acid-mottled calf, covers framed in double gilt fillets, rebacked with similar calf, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands, board edges with gilt roll, turn-ins with blind roll; original leather acid-pitted from staining process. All edges gilt. Bookplates as above. One small spot of staining to upper margin of title-page, offsetting somewhat to surrounding leaves, pages otherwise pleasingly clean and crisp. => A desirable copy of this attractive and interesting Bewick production. (39313) Please RESHELVE This.
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