THE DANCE OF DEATH. THE celebrity of a subject which has been distinguished by the labours of such artists as Holbein and Hollar,, seems necessarily to demand some investigation of its origin*. In the dark ages of monkish bigotry and superstition^ the deluded people, terrified into a belief that the fear of death was acceptable to the great Author of their existence, had placed * It would be a piece of injustice not to mention, that this has already been done in a very able manner, by a respected friend of the compiler of the present essay, in a little work, intitled " Emblems of Mortality," ornamented with copies in Mood, of the Dance of Death, by J. Bewick, the brother of the admirable artist who executed the cuts to a history of quadrupeds, lately published. The work was printed for T.Hodgson, Clerkenvvell, in 1789, 12mo. The editor of it will immediately perceive that no rivality is here intended; that in the pursuit of a subject of this nature many of the same authorities must have naturally presented themselves, and in order to connect it properly, must again be of course adopted. Independently of these, the rest of this slight performance is only designed as supplemental.