Legendae Catholicae. A Lytle Boke of Seyntlie Gestes

W. B. D. D. Turnbull

Production Description

Document Title: Legendae Catholicae. A Lytle Boke of Seyntlie Gestes
Author: W. B. D. D. Turnbull
Publisher: Edinburgh Printing Company
City of publication: Edinburgh
Date of publication: 1840
Edition: 1
Pagination: [i]-xvi,, [2], 257
Note on Publication: The book was privately printed in an edition of forty copies.


Current Location: Alderman Library, Rare Books, University of Virginia

Physical Description

Dimensions of Document: 17 x 13 cm

Scholarly Commentary


This little privately printed book contains the first printed text of the Middle English poem that served as the basis of DGR's early “double work” The Girlhood of Mary Virgin . The Middle English devotional poem, “Joachim and Anne”, is known only from its inclusion in the Auchinleck Manuscript. DGR translated part of its text in 1847 or perhaps mid-1848.

It is interesting that this rare little volume would have been known to DGR and his family.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: turnbull1840.rad.xml