Six leaves from The Golden Legend. Kelmscott Press, Jacobus de Voragine, William Caxton, and printer.
Six leaves from The Golden Legend

Six leaves from The Golden Legend

Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. William Morris greatly admired The Golden Legend, a medieval collection of saints' lives. It was one of the first books printed in England by William Caxton, (1422- 1491), the first English printer, who, as a translator and publisher, exerted an important influence on English literature. In his bibliography of the Kelmscott Press, William Peterson writes that The Golden Legend was intended to be the first book produced by the press, but because of its length and some problems with paper delivery, Morris was forced to issue several shorter volumes before it was completed. The book was completed in three volumes and a celebratory dinner was held in October 1892 (Bibliography pages 19-24). It was printed in Golden type on Flower paper. These 6 leaves display the fine printing and handsome Morris-designed ornamental initials. The leaves comprise pages 563-574. There are twenty-three 6-line initials and two 10-line initials.They are attached as in a signature. The pages are in very good condition with slight aging to margins. A nice addition to a teaching collection for the printing arts and history of the book. PRI/070920. Very Good.

Item #34228

Price: $350.00