HORMANN, William (d. 1535). Vnlgaria [sic]. London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1530.
4° (171 x 122mm). Latin and English text. Title within woodcut compartments, woodcut initials, verso of final leaf with printer's device [McKerrow 21]. (Title soiled, quires E and F misbound, headlines cropped close, some waterstaining, Ii and eeiii with tears into text, occasional marginal ink smudges, pen trials in text of quire ff.) 17th-century calf (rebacked, new endpapers). Provenance: contemporary annotations, including note on blank recto of final leaf.
Second edition of Horman's Vulgaria. As a young man, the author was successively headmaster of Eton and Winchester. Returning to Eton as a fellow in 1502, he spent the rest of his life there, becoming vice-provost in later years and bequeathing the college eighteen items from his library. Although the Tudor bibliographer, John Bale, credits him with twenty-nine works on Latin literature, history, medicine, and theology, as well as a Latin elegy on William Lily, he published only four titles. His Vulgaria was first printed by Richard Pynson in 1519, and forms an encylopaedic collection of sentences arranged in chapters. Covering religion, manners, learning, domestic life, and recreations, the work 'provides an admirable survey of the culture of early Tudor England' (ODNB). STC 13812.