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.
[De Worde, Wynkyn]. [Grabhorn, Robert, compiler].

San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1949. Limited to 375 copies. The original leaf in this copy is folio Cxxxiiii. Seven devices of Wynkyn de Worde reproduced in text and one on the title page. Decorative initials by Zena Kavin. Printed in red and black on French handmade paper. Spine slightly faded with minor wear to spine label. With typed letter on the Book Club of California’s stationery, signed by its officers, stating that the present work was published in order to finance the remodeling of the club’s headquarters, laid-in. A near fine copy. Quarter terra cotta linen over decorative boards, paper labels on front cover and spine. Quarto. [6], 14, [4] pp. (Item ID: 13187)


An interesting account of William Caxton’s successor, Wynkyn De Worde, and his masterpiece, The Golden Legend, the first printed book in English to contain any portion of the Bible. The Golden Legend includes the Pentateuch and much of the Gospels. It was the principle source of the Bible in English until the first English Bible was printed a century later.

Grabhorn Bibliography 486.

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