San Francisco: The Book Club of California, printed by The Grabhorn Press, 1949. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 375 copies, folio size,  pp. Fine. Item #18010209
Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534/5) "was Caxton's right-hand man and successor. Caxton may have taken him on at the start of his printing career in Cologne, and brought him to England to oversee the operation of his Westminster press. But de Worde was more than just a technician: after his master's death he took on the press and ran it successfully for forty years, producing some 400 titles in this time. He greatly expanded the range of books published by the press, and in 1500 he moved it from Westminster to new premises at the sign of the Sun in Fleet Street, London, helping to found the tradition of printing and journalism that made that street world-famous for centuries until recent years. This leaf, folio CC.xiii, was printed there.
Wynkyn de Worde also set up a shop at the sign of Our Lady of Pity in nearby St Paul's cathedral churchyard, the centre of London's book trade until the nineteenth century. The Golden Legend is a compilation of Lives of the Saints made by an Italian friar in the thirteenth century and translated into English by Caxton himself. A recent printed edition describes it as 'one of the most influential books of the later Middle Ages', its colloquial name, 'Legenda Aurea' in Latin meaning 'readings valuable as gold'" (per the web site of Printing History).
A lovely publication by the Grabhorn Press, with decorative initials by Zena Kavin (1912-2003), a San Francisco-area painter, printmaker, weaver, and illustrator. Her work was included in the inaugural exhibition for the San Francisco Museum of Art. Her work was also exhibited in the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego, and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. The leaf included in this volume is from "The Lyfe of Saynt Rocke", the lettering in two columns with vintage handwriting running vertically down the center margin. Included in the Exhibition of Western Books (Rounce & Coffin Club).
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter brown canvas and decorative paper covered board, white paper label printed in red and black affixed to backstrip, upper board with white label printed in red with title-page device repeated, title in red, printed in red and black throughout, seven devices of Wynkyn de Worde reproduced in text with one on the title page, decorative initials by Zena Kavin; Koch Bibel handset type, French handmade paper, 23 unnumbered pages, folio size (13.5" by 9.75"), one of 375 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the paper boards clean and unrubbed, the paper label clean and without wear, the hinges strong, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, else fine.
___CITATION: Grabhorn Press Bibliography, no. 486.
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