London: Printed by W. Smith & Co. for John Scott & Thomas Ostell, 1803. Etched by D. Deuchar, F.A.S. Quarto, 21 x 16cm, pp  47, 46 original copperplates (plus portrait of Holbein, title page and vignette); full vellum, gilt dentelles and title, all edges gilt.
Slight age-toning, occasional fox mark. Two small (0.5cm) spots on top board on the dentelles, cluster of pin prock spots below Holbein's name (also on top board.) Bookplate of Francis Henry. Very good. Item #359
Holbein's Dance of Death woodcuts are renowned for representing the shift between the medieval Dance of Death wall paintings, designed to bring men to a Christian life, and the more satirical renaissance illustrations in books, showing the sudden intrusion of death into life. Deuchar was a Scottish etcher and engraver. His engravings of the Dance of Death were first published in Edinburgh in 1788.
The bookplate belongs to Francis Henry Vivan Voss (1860- 1940), an outstanding medical practitioner in obstetrics and gyneacology. He emigrated from England to Bowen, Queensland in 1885 and settled in Rockhampton where he built a modern private hospital. He is known to have had a fine library and a lifelong love of literature and learning.