Tag Archives: William Caxton

¶ Jacobus, de Voragine — Legenda aurea (1527)

March 3, 2015

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Jacobus, de Voragine. Legenda aurea. London: printed by Wynkyn de Worde, 27 August 1527.

With Morris’s signature and address, followed by a note by Cockerell: “Morris acquired it from H. Sotheran & Co. of 140 Strand for £50, 21 July 1890, and immediately decided to print it at the Kelmscott Press, then about to be established. . . .” (For the Kelmscott Press Golden Legend, based on a translation thought to be by Caxton, see Bibliography, A7.)

Provenance: Frederick Perkins. — Sotheran. — Morris [purchased from Sotheran, 21 July 1890, for £50]. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 1208 (sold to Tregaskis for £29). — Sydney Cockerell. — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1956, lot 114. — Newberry Library (Wing folio ZP 545 .W89).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 50b (£20). — ESTC (S111988). — MS catalogue (2), no. 893, p. 80.

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¶ Caxton — Foure sonnes of Aimon (1554)

August 20, 2014

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Caxton, William, trans. The right plesaunt and goodly historie of the foure sonnes of Aimon. [London]: printed by William Copland for Robert Toye, 1554.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Sir William Hamilton. — Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 152 (sold to Pickering for £81). — Catalogue of Old and Rare Books, Pickering & Chatto, 1900, no. 1025a (£110). — Unlocated.

Reference: ESTC (S90347) [three variant colophons].


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¶ Ovid — Six bookes of Metamorphoseos (1819)

July 8, 2014

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Ovid. Six bookes of Metamorphoseos in whyche ben conteyned the fables of Ovyde, translated out of Frensshe into Englisshe by William Caxton. Ed. George Hibbert. London: printed for the Roxburghe Club by the Shakspeare Press, William Bulmer and Co., 1819.

Illustrated.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 887 (sold to C. J. Thomas (possibly Thomson) for £5). — Beinecke Library, Yale University (BEIN 1977 1498).

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¶ Caxton’s Blanchardyn and Eglantine (1890)

May 7, 2014

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Caxton, William, trans. Caxton’s Blanchardyn and Eglantine, c. 1489. Ed. Leon Kellner. London: published for the Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1890.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 245 (part; sold to Maggs for £7 10s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Caxton’s Eneydos (1890)

May 7, 2014

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Caxton, William, trans. Caxton’s Eneydos, 1490, Englisht from the French Livre des Eneydes, 1483. Ed. W. T. Culley and Frederick J. Furnivall. London: published for the Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1890.

With a sketch of the old French Roman d’Énéas by Salverda de Grave.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 245 (part; sold to Maggs for £7 10s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Caxton — Foure sonnes of Aymon (1885)

May 7, 2014

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Caxton, William, trans. The English Charlemagne romances: the right plesaunt and goodly historie of the foure sonnes of Aymon. Ed. Octavia Richardson. London: published for the Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1885.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 245 (part; sold to Maggs for £7 10s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Pierre, de la Cépède — Paris and Vienne (1868)

April 25, 2014

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Pierre, de la Cépède. Paris and Vienne: thystorye of the noble ryght valyaunt and worthy knyght Parys, and of the fayr Vyenne, the daulphyns doughter of Vyennoys, from the unique copy printed by William Caxton at Westminister in the year MCCCCLXXXV. Ed. William Carew Hazlitt. [London]: printed for the Roxburghe Library, 1868.

Provenance: Morris. —Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 856 sold to Maggs for 13s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Blades — Life and typography of William Caxton (1861–63)

April 4, 2014

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Blades, William. The life and typography of William Caxton, England’s first printer, with evidence of his typographical connection with Colard Mansion, the printer at Bruges. 2 vols. London: Joseph Lilly, 1861–63.

Provenance: Morris. —Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 262 (sold to Bain for £3 15s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Caxton — Reynard the fox (1894)

April 2, 2014

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Caxton, William, trans. Reynard the fox, with some account of his family, friends, and associates. Ed. F. S. Ellis. London: David Nutt, 1894.

Ornaments by Walter Crane.

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 882 (sold to Pickering for £1 16s.). — Unlocated.

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¶ Malory — Byrth, lyf, and actes of King Arthur (1817)

March 14, 2014

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Malory, Sir Thomas. The byrth, lyf, and actes of Kyng Arthur, of his noble knyghts of the rounde table, their merveyllous enguistes and adventures, Thachyeuyng of the Sanc Greal and in the end le morte d’Arthur. Ed. Robert Southey. 2 vols. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817.

Large-paper edition. Reprint of Caxton’s edition of 1485.

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £5). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 74 (sold to Vigers for £1 10s.). — Allan F. Vigers. — Brian Edmund Allen Vigers. — Guy Vigers (private collection).

Reference: MS catalogue (1), fol. 104v. — MS catalogue (2), no. 95.

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¶ Malory — Le morte darthur (1889–91)

March 14, 2014

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Malory, Sir Thomas. Le morte darthur. Ed. H. Oskar Sommer. 3 vols. London: David Nutt, 1889–91.

Large-paper edition. “The original edition of William Caxton now reprinted and edited with an introduction and glossary . . . with an essay on Malory’s prose style by Andrew Lang.”

Provenance: Morris. — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 75 (sold to Downing for £1 15s.). — Laurence W. Hodson. — Library of Congress (PR2041 .S7 1889b Rosenwald Collection).

Digital versions: Google (vol. 1). — HathiTrust (vol. 1; vol. 3) — HathiTrust (all vols.).


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