Here begynneth the legende named in Latyn Legenda aurea, that is to saye in Englysshe The golden legende : for lyke as passeth golde in valewe all other metallys so this legende excelleth all other bookes.

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Main Author: Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298.
Other Authors: Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492.
Associated Name: Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534? (Printer)
Uniform Title:Legenda aurea. English (Middle English)
Format: Book
Language:Middle English
Published: [Westminster : Wynkyn de Worde, 8 Jan 1498]
Physical Description:2 pts in 1 ([1], lij, [1]; [4], CCClxxxxviii [i.e. CCC.lxxxix], [1] leaves) : ill. (woodcuts) ; 30 cm (fol.)
Bibliographical reference number:
General note:ISTC title: Legenda aurea sanctorum, sive Lombardica historia [English] The Golden Legend.
Part 2: leaves 70, 74 and 145 misnumbered 71, 72 and 146.
Printed in 2 cols per page. A full column contains 47 lines.
Signatures: 2A-2F⁸ 2G⁶ [2H]⁴; a-h⁸ i¹° k-z⁸; A-Y⁸ 2a-2b⁸ 2c-2d⁶.
Title and imprint from colophon (2d6) reads: ... whyche werke I haue accomplisshed at the commau[n]demente and requeste of the noble and puyssaunte erle, and my specyal good lord wyllyam erle of arondel, [and] haue fynysshed it at westmestre the twenty day of nouembre, the yere of our lord M,CCCC,lxxxiij ... By me wylyam Caxton.
Title from incipit ([2H]1r)
Without catchwords.
Woodcut illustration on title page.
Citation / References note:BMC, XI 220
Bod-inc, J-070
ESTC, S103597
Goff, J151
ISTC, ij00151000
Oates, 4131, 4132
STC (2nd ed.), 24876
Language note:Translated by Caxton from the Legenda aurea of J. de Voragine, with the aid of the French translation of J. de Vignay and a previous English version of this translation.
Immediate source of acquisition note:
Donation; John Laughton.
Other copy-specific details note:
Copy note: [431] out of [448] leaves only. Signatures (order in which they are bound): [2H]⁴ a-h⁸ i¹° k-z⁸; A-Y⁸ 2a-2b⁸ 2c-2d⁶ 2A-2F⁸ 2G⁶. Leaves 2A1-8, 2G6, m4-5, 2d1-6 are missing. Leaves a5, b7, d1, f1, i10, Q8 are defective.
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