Here begynneth the legende named in latyn legenda aurea that is to saye in Englysshe the golden legende. For lyke as passeth golde in valewe all other metallys. So this legende excelleth all other bookes.
Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298.
Westmynster : by me Wynkyn de Worde, viii. daye of Janeuer the yere of oure lorde thousande CCCClxxxxviii [8 January 1498].