A leaf from The Golden Legend

A leaf from The Golden Legend

(Westminster): (Wynkyn de Worde), (1493). Leaf. A single leaf on laid paper, 6½ by 10 inches printed in black. The top corners are browned and chipped, affecting the Folio number on the obverse and two letters on the reverse. The leaf is archivally mounted on a tissue frame for protection, and is a very copy of Wynkyn de Worde's craftsmanship.

This folio contains part of the life of St. Jerome on both sides.

'The Golden Legend' (Legenda Aurea), written in the 13th century by the Dominican Jacobus de Voraigne, was probably the third best-selling book in mediaeval Christendom, after the Bible and the Imitation of Christ. It was first rendered into English and printed by William Caxton in 1483. This leaf was printed by his successor Wynkyn de Worde and is from de Worde's first printing, the second printing overall if you count Caxton.

The text is in English printed in Batarde type in double column, 46 lines to the page and a headline, and with a woodcut 'S' to begin the Life of St. Erkenwolde. There is also a woodcut of the bishop to begin the article.

. Fine. Item #20540

Price: $750.00