1527] · [London
This long-ago extracted portion of the Golden Legend is from the last edition that Wynkyn de Worde printed. The four leaves (folios lv–lviii, i.e., 55–58) contain "The lyfe of Saynt John the Evangelyst" and the beginning of "the Hystory of the Innocents." At the top left of the first leaf is a => twelve-line woodcut of St. John with his eagle (5.5 x 4.5 cm; 2" x 1.75"). The text is printed in gothic type, double-column format.
The work was originally written in Latin: This English translation is probably by => William Caxton, and is based in part on the French translation of Jean de Vignay.
Provenance: The Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
STC (rev. ed.) 24880; ESTC S111988. Loosely laid into marbled wrappers; leaves browned and dust-soiled, upper margin of first leaf crumpled and with a short tear. => Paper good and woodcut charming. (Inventory #: 36088)