London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
CAPGRAVE, John (1393-1464). [Nova Legendia Angliae]. [Colophon:] London: Wynkyn de Worde, 17th February 1516. 2° (277 x 200mm). Printed in double column, full-page woodcut Royal armorial, initials, woodcut plate at end with large device on verso (lacks Ai, some worming with slight loss, particularly to ff. clxxxx-ccix and to cclxix-cclxxxii and more generally towards the end, some mainly marginal spotting and staining, some light browning). 18th-century calf gilt (upper cover detached, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Daniel Rock (1799-1871): engraved bookplate as canon of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Southwark, an office he held from 1852. Rock was an historian of the liturgy, whose pioneering study of the Sarum rite appeared between 1849 and 1854, and an expert in the material remains of the medieval church. He advised Pugin and catalogued artefacts for what became the Victoria and Albert Museum -- some early copious marginalia, 2 leaves of annotations inserted after f. cclxxxv -- The property of a religious institution. FIRST EDITION. STC 4601; Lowndes IV, 1333: 'One of the most elegant specimens of W. de Worde's press'.
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