Missale ad Usum Sarum (Sarum Missal) by William Caxton

This missal is the only surviving copy of the first ever edition of the pre-Reformation English prayer book and contains the first instance of Caxton's use of his publisher's mark as well as being an exceptionally early example of dual-colour printing.


Details

Medium:
Ink on paper, leather binding Dimensions: 34 x 24cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £465,492; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Anonymous (through Christie's)

It is the same edition as the one said to have been in the Shrine of Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey but which does not survive. This work was part of the original book collection at Lyme Park when it was handed over to the National Trust in 1946 and it enhances the book's national importance to see it redisplayed in the house where it resided for five centuries. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Sir Piers Leigh V; by descent to Lord Newton.

Venue details

Lyme Park Disley, Stockport Greater Manchester SK12 2NR 01663 762023 www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Entry details

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