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Dance of Death

Dance of Death

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1 WARTHIN, Aldred Scott (1866-1931). The Physician of the Dance of Death: A Historical Study of the Evolution of the Dance of Death Mythus in Art.
New York: Paul B. Hoeber, 1931. 1931 Signed
63 of 1000 copies. Tall 8vo. xvi, 142 pp. Frontispiece, 91 illustrations, index, errata slip bound-in. Quarter beige cloth over gilt-stamped blue paper-backed boards, in blue paper-backed board publisher's slip-case; case rubbed and stained, bottom panel edges cracked, spine lightly stained, else near fine in good case. Laid-in broadside "Credo" (one of 109 copies) from Warthin's "The Creed of a Biologist" SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Bookplate of Robert Sonnenschein. FIRST EDITION. "In the summer of 1898, Warthin was a guest of [Georg] Schmorl at Dresden Friedrichstadt Municipal Hospital. During these months, he performed a number of dissections, the protocols of which are still preserved today in the journals of the institute…. "One can assume that Warthin also saw the famous Dresden Dance of Death while he was in Dresden, an over 12-m long sandstone relief with 27 figures dating from the year 1534 (Dresdner Totentanz)…. Warthin had been engaged with this subject for many years and published an in-depth and famous study in 1931 which traces the dance-of-death motif through six centuries (Wunderlich & Kunze, p. 6). Warthin was an American pathologist perhaps best remembered for his study that was among the first to make a persuasive case that cancer is heritable among humans. Wunderlich, Volker, and Peter Kunze. "Peyton Rous: A Centennial Tribute to the Founding Father of Cancer Virology." Cancer Associated Viruses. Ed. Erle S. Robertson. New York: Springer, 1911. 1-6 pp. First Edition. 
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