Sarum Breviary (1496)

One of the Library's first books.
Breviarium ad usum sar[um]. [Rouen: Printed by Martin Morin for John Richard, 1496]. In 1580 Clement Litill, an advocate, gave his library to the town and kirk of Edinburgh. Among the books in this foundation bequest is this magnificent breviary, which was printed in Rouen in 1496. The woodcut of St. George and the dragon indicates that it was meant for the devout English reader, but the annotations on the title-page indicate that it was used in Scotland by priests before the Reformation. No other complete copy of this particular printing is known to survive.

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