Nova legenda Anglie. London: Wynkyn de Worde, 27 February 1516.
2° (282 x 194mm). Collation: \Kp\kA6 A-X6 a-z6 \\i6 aa-ll6 (\Kp\kA1r full-page woodcut of Saints in Glory, repeated on verso, \Kp\kA2r prologue, \Kp\kA5r table, \Kp\kA6v full-page arms of England, A1r text, ll4v colophon, ll5r woodcut repeated, ll5v De Worde device [originally Caxton's, McKerrow 1b], ll6 blank). 338 leaves (of 342, \Kp\kA1.6 and ll5 in facsimile and without blank ll6). 44 lines and headline, double column. Type: 94 textura. 4 full-page woodcuts [here in facsimile] from 2 blocks, printer's device, woodcut criblée and grotesque initials. (Lower margins of first and final quire slightly extended, marginal repairs in 10 leaves, some very light soiling.) Late 19th-century brown morocco panelled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, gilt edges (corners very slightly scuffed). Provenance: early annotations washed; Pickering (booksellers, label).
FIRST EDITION. This collection of 168 saints' lives is based on the work of John of Tynemouth (d. 1290?). It was attributed in the middle of the 16th century to John Capgrave (1393-1464) by the antiquaries John Leland and John Bale, but that attribution has since proved to be unfounded (cf. P.J. Jucas, 'John Capgrave and the Nova legenda Anglie: a Survey,' The Library, 5th ser., XXV, 1970, pp.1-10). None of the manuscripts or early printed editions of the work names an author. Its alphabetical, rather than chronological, arrangement increased its utility as a work of reference as well as a work of devotion. STC 4601.