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Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229–1298

[Here begynneth the legende named in latyn Legenda aurea, that is to saye in Englysse the golden legende].

Additional Title(s):

Legenda aurea. English.

[London] : Julyan Notary ..., 16 Feb. 1503 [i.e. 1504].
Physical Description:
296 leaves : ill. ; 32 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BX4654 J32 1504+ Oversize
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British Art Center copy is the one described in the Grolier Club catalog & is imperfect: 268 of 296 leaves. Lacking are a1-8, b1, 3, 6, e1, I7-8, O7, I1, 7-8, K6, L2-10. Half of b7 is torn away. Lacking leaf O7 (fol. cxi) which contained the 'Translacyon of Saynt Thomas of caunterbury Archebysshop'.; however, leaves E8-F3 (fols. xl (verso)-xliii (recto)), with the account of Thomas à Becket's life are present & only slightly defaced with light ink overscorings which do not obliterate the text. Rebound in 1906 by Douglas Cockerell, preserving original 16th c. sides.
Translated by William Caxton.
Fifth ed. & the only one from this press.
Includes feasts of the church, stories from the Bible, & legends of the saints.
Title from leaf 36 (recto).
Illustrated with over 70 woodcuts, some of which were made for Notary especially for this edition.
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 24877
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968) 51
Hodnett p. 102
Subject Terms:
Bible stories, English.
Burdett, Lawrence -- Autograph.
Church year.
Cockerell, Douglas -- Bookbinder.
Crosse, Robert, 1605-1683 -- Autograph.
Maskell, William, 1814-1890 -- Provenance.
Perrins, Charles William Dyson, 1864-1958 -- Bookplate.
Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492.

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