A leaf from The Golden Legend. Jacobus de Voraigne, Wynkyn de Worde.
A leaf from The Golden Legend

A leaf from The Golden Legend

(Westminster): (Wynkyn de Worde), (1498). Leaf. A single leaf on laid paper, 6¾ by 10 inches printed in black. Closely cropped, three corners clipped with slight text loss to one corner, else this is a very good copy of Wynkyn de Worde's craftsmanship.


Folio which contains paer of the life of Saint Pelagyn (i.e., Pope St. Pelagius) . It is said that this edition of the Golden Legend was printed on paper made by England's first paper mill, the Tate Paper Mill. (See Dard Hunter for references).


'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 third printing, preceded by his printings of 1493 and 1498, and the fifth printing overall if you count the Notary printing of 1503.


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.

. Very good. Item #21121

Price: $500.00