Sometimes attributed to St. Jerome
The title is xylographic (white on black)
Colophon reads: Thus endyth the moost vertuouse hystorye of the deuoute [and] right renommed lyues of holy faders .. translated out of Frensshe in to Englysshe by Wyllyam Caxton of Westmynstre late deed, and fynysshed it at the last daye of his lyff. Enprynted in the sayd towne of Westmynstre be my Wynkyn de Worde the yere of our lorde .M.CCCC.lxxxxv. and the tenth yere of our souerayne lorde kyng Henry the seuenth
Signatures: 2A⁸ a-o⁸ p⁶ q-x⁸ y¹⁰ z-2t⁸ 2v-2x⁶
Prologue, 2A2r, begins: Here foloweth the right deuoute, moche lowable, [and] reco[m]mendable lyff of the olde auncyent holy faders hermytes, late translated out of latyn in to frenshe, and dylygently corrected in the cyte of lyon, ye yere of our lord. M.CCCC.lxxxvi. vpon that whiche hath be wryten and also translated out of Greke in to Latyn, by the blessyd [and] holy saynt Saynt Ierome .. [and] other solytarye relygyouse persones after hy[m] and after in the yere of our lorde .M.CCCC.lxxxxi. reduced in to Englysshe .
There are variants of 2A1, q2.7, and the colophon. "One L copy has some leaves reprinted c. 1529 w. a woodcut of about that date"--STC
Item information about Folger STC 14507
HH123/19. Made-up copy; leaf 2x6 (with title woodcut and Caxton's device) supplied in facsimile. Manuscript notes on 2f8v and 2g1r. Modern blind-tooled calf binding. Provenance: inscription on 2A2r: "Liber Robart [Boys?]"; bookplate of the Huth library (no. 7816 in the Sotheby sale catalog of the Hugh collection, July 1919); Harmsworth copy; purchased in 1938
Also known as
Uniform title: Vitae patrum. English
Alternate titles: Moost vertuouse hystorye of the deuoute and right renommed lyues of holy faders, Right deuoute, moche lowable, and recommendable lyff of the olde auncyent holy faders hermytes, Thus endyth the moost vertuouse hystorye of the deuoute [and] right renommed lyues of holy faders, Here foloweth the right deuoute, moche lowable, and recommendable lyff of the olde auncyent holy faders hermytes
associated with: Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492
printer: Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?
former owner: Harmsworth, R. Leicester Sir, (Robert Leicester), 1870-1937
former owner: Huth Library
attributed name: Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420