Published in 1987 for the Early English Text Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.
Sub-title: 'Re-edited from the unique MS. by George England with side notes and introduction by Alfred W Pollard, M.A.'
The Introduction tells the history of The Towneley Manuscript's which was reported to have belonged to Woodkirk Abbey. The book contains around 32 plays, a glossarial index and an index of names.
The Wakefield or Towneley Mystery Plays are a series of thirty-two mystery plays based on the Bible, most likely performed around the Feast of Corpus Christi probably in the town of Wakefield, England, during the late Middle Ages until 1576. It is one of only four surviving English mystery play cycles. Some scholars argue that the Wakefield cycle is not a cycle at all, but a mid-sixteenth-century compilation, formed by a scribe bringing together three separate groups of plays
Please note the boards are dark green, but are brighter than the photographs indicate. The boards are a bit bumped on the corners and there is a dent on the front bottom edge. Water damage to rear cover. Former owner's name written on front end paper (M E Seaton St Hughs College, Oxford, 1932). The book is slightly cocked (see image 5). Text is underlined and annotated throughout and there is a hand-written list of references on the rear end-paper. Despite these flaws a pretty good copy of a rare book.