Today is Day 1 of #9DaysofHalloween at ARC! Over the next nine days, we will highlight some of the rather spooky items we have in our collections!

Today’s spooky #CollectionHighlight is Hans Holbein’s L’alphabet de la Mort (1856). This rare book is part of ARC’s W. McAllister Johnson Collection. It features an illustrated alphabet of woodcut prints and borders showing the dance of death.

The alphabet begins with the “Bones of all Men” representing the letter “A” and continues to depict scenes of death in a hierarchal pattern beginning with the Pope as “B” and ending with a baby in the cradle as “Y”. All of this culminating in the “Z” woodcut which depicts Judgement Day.

The book also contains bible quotes and poetry all written in Latin and Middle French. Accompanying the book is six remaining silver and Britannia metal medals that were originally on the book’s cover.  This book would make a great source for any spooky project!

Call number: N7720.H6 M65 1856A