A shorter version of the Ars Moriendi appears after 1450. The theme is limited to the temptations that constituted the second of the six sections of the full version. The first ten illustrations show successively each of the five temptations and the response that the believer must bring. On the eleventh and final picture, the man surrenders his soul that goes up to Christ in the symbolic form of the birth of a child.
A set of woodcuts from that period is signed by Master E. S., an artist who remains unknown beyond that identification. Demons and angels are trying to capture the attention of the dying under the concerned supervision of Christ, Virgin Mary and the saints in the presence of the Devil. The temptations are identified by short texts inside speech bubbles and by symbols. The printing of this book is entirely made from woodblocks at that time.
The first two editions that combined xylography and movable typography are made around 1475 by Nikolaus Götz in Cologne in a folio size 28 x 20 cm, using the Master E. S. woods. The Latin text is in Gothic types. The first edition included serious errors in the iconographic sequence that were corrected for the second edition.
This book is extremely rare. The only copy in private hands from the second edition of Götz was sold for € 160K including premium by Artcurial on 1 December 2014. This result far below the estimate may be a consequence of the suspension of that estate sale two years before.
This Ars Moriendi is now estimated € 200K for sale by Venator & Hanstein in Cologne on March 18, lot 641. Here is the link to the pdf catalog of the sale.