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.
Missale ad Usum Sarum (Sarum Missal) by William Caxton, 1487
- 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.