A Short Account of the Life and Work of Wynkyn de Worde with a Leaf from the Golden Legend Printed by Him at the Sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, the Year 1527

A Short Account of the Life and Work of Wynkyn de Worde with a Leaf from the Golden Legend Printed by Him at the Sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, the Year 1527
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San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1949. Folio, [vi], 15, [2]pp. Quarter cloth over decorative floral paper boards. Paper label to spine and decorative paper label to front board. 375 copies printed by The Grabhorn Press. The leaf is folio CLXXIV The Lyf of saynt James. Grabhorn Bibliography 486. Disbound and Dispersed, 100. Swan's Fine books notes of their copy: "Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534/5) "was Caxton's right-hand man and successor. Caxton may have taken him on at the start of his printing career in Cologne, and brought him to England to oversee the operation of his Westminster press. But de Worde was more than just a technician. After his master's death he took on the press and ran it successfully for 40 years, producing some 400 titles in this time. He greatly expanded the range of books published by the press, and in 1500 moved it from Westminster to new premises at the sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, helping to found the tradition of printing and journalism that made that street world-famous for centuries until recent years. This leaf, folio CC.xiii, was printed there. Wynkyn de Worde also set up a shop at the sign of Our Lady of Pity in nearby St Paul's cathedral churchyard, the centre of London's book trade until the 19th century. The Golden Legend is a compilation of Lives of the Saints made by an Italian friar in the 13th century and translated into English by Caxton himself. A recent printed edition describes it as 'one of the most influential books of the later Middle Ages', its colloquial name, 'Legenda Aurea' in Latin meaning 'readings valuable as gold'" (Item Id: 122400)

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