The lyf of the holy and blessid vyrgyn saynt Wenefryde (trans. William Caxton) [English].
Analysis of Content
'Caxton used an abridged version of her [Winifred's] Latin life by Robert of Shrewsbury (about 1140) "reduced into English by me William Caxton", and included the Latin text of her feast-day services as celebrated at Shrewsbury Abbey' (Painter, Caxton, 157). See Anne F. Sutton, 'Caxton, the Cult of St Winifred, and Shrewsbury', in Of Mice and Men: Image, Belief and Regulation in Late Medieval England, ed. Linda Clark, The Fifteenth Century, 5 (Woodbridge, 2005), 109-26, with references. Fragment.
Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, 1484]. Folio.
Remarks: As dated by BMC and Needham, Pardoner; Sheppard dates [1485?].
Collation: a b8.
Hain: C 6583;
Goff: Goff W‑62;
BMC: BMC XI;
Proctor: Pr 9667;
Others: Caxton, Exhibition, BL, no. 80; de Ricci, Caxton, 100; Duff 414; Needham, Pardoner, 88, no. Cx 73; Painter, Caxton, 157, 214; Sheppard 7406; STC 25853.
Copy number: W-024(1)
Leaf a8 only, beginning: l. 1: ‘¶ Thus endeth the martirdome of this bleſſyd ſaynt / Saynt | wenefrede . . .’
Binding: Nineteenth-century half maroon morocco, with black cloth; bound for the Bodleian Library.
Size: 292 × 200 × 9 mm.
Size of leaf: 282 × 187 mm.
Provenance: John Bagford (1650-1716). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); note by Hearne: ‘Fragment of a book printed by Caxton. Given me by Mr. Bagford'. Acquired by 1885; letter, dated 1 Oct. 1885, from William Blades to W[illiam] H[enry] Allnutt, Assistant in the Bodleian, bound with the fragment.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.36.
SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.17.
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