Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1918. First Edition. Folio, (approx. 11 X 14 in / 27.5 X 35 cm.), 25 unpaginated leaves, printed on rectos only; original illustrated boards with cloth spine. Tips slightly bumped; a few marks and wrinkles, edges with monor rubbing; an exceptionally clean, fresh copy of a delicate publication. Item #205857
Kubin's sequence of 24 lithographic images depicts death in a variety of contexts and including the title page and final vignette, in which which a gravestone bears the the artist's own name; the cover is an additional lithograph. Kubin was well known for his explorations of macabre and satirical subject matter. This interpretation of the "Dance of Death" appeared at a moment when four years of world war and a spreading influenza pandemic meant that virtually noone was untouched by death. It was a subject he returned to twenty years later with "Ein neuer Totentanz," published just prior to the Nazi annexation of his native Austria.