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Double, double toil and trouble: look what we found in Rare Books just in time for Halloween!

La Danse macabre : reproduction en facsimilé de l'édition de Guy Marchant, Paris, 1486 (1925)

The Danse Macabre (also known as the Dance of Death) is an artistic tradition that uses a personified character of Death summoning people from all walks of life to dance with him to the grave. It has traditionally been used to highlight how fleeting and fragile our earthly lives are.

Used since the late medieval times, it has inspired Australian artists such as Norman Lindsay and Rosaleen Norton, both of whom have works held here entitled ‘Dance macabre’.