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.


Ink on paper, leather binding
34 x 24 cm
Art Fund grant:
£100,000 ( Total: £465,492; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Private vendor

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.


Sir Piers Leigh V; by descent to Lord Newton.

Venue details

Lyme Disley, Stockport Greater Manchester SK12 2NR 01663 762 023 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £11)

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