Sarum Missal estimated a million

The Sarum Missal. 1487

Two British public funds and a group of private persons have gathered £465 000 ($930 000) to purchase an extremely rare liturgical book for the performance of the Mass printed in 1487 by English first printer William Caxton (1422–91). This incunabulum exists in the sole copy. There are only three sheets left from the second known copy, and they are kept in the Durham University library.

Caxton’s religious book is known as the Sarum Missal. Roman legionaries and priests of the Roman Catholic church called Sarum an ancient English city of Salisbury. Missal (in the Catholic Church tradition) is a book with texts for prayer. The Sarum Missal had been used in an English divine service practice up to the end of the reign of Elizabeth Tudor.

A unique volume is purchased from the Legh family, owners of Lyme Park, Cheshire, with funding support from The National Trust, The Art Fund and from British donators. Starting March 2009 the Sarum Missal will go on display in the Lyme Park palace.

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