Opera Mortis: The Works of Death. The Simulacra & Natural History of Death’s Labors & Hours of Work.

Opera Mortis: The Works of Death. The Simulacra & Natural History of Death’s Labors & Hours of Work.
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Asparagus Valley: Double Elephant Press, MMXVI (2016). Square 8vo., 5” x 5”, 24 pages of relief etchings (recto and verso). Accordion-bound black cloth with pictorial paper label to upper and lower boards, housed in a green four-flap chemise which doubles as a display with magnets at key points to hold the chemise in a 12-point star display. Like new. First edition thus. In an edition of 365, this is number 13. Inspired by Les Simulachres & historiees faces de la Mort (1538) by Hans Holbein the Younger, this dance of death comes as a natural history with human, skeletal death embedded in all manner of beasts. The binomial nomenclature is derived from the common Latin terms: Quid proquo, Habeas corpus, Et cetera. Quatrains, etched along with the images, describe the occupations of death from Pope to artist. (Item Id: 108283)

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