The Life and Typography of William Caxton, England's First Printer: Volume 1 - With Evidence of His Typographical Connection with Colard Mansion, the
By: William Blades (author)Paperback
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This two-volume work on the life and activities of the printer William Caxton, a vital source for bibliographers, was written by another printer, William Blades, and published in 1861-3. Blades (1824-90), apprenticed into the family firm, developed a great interest in the history of his trade, collecting an extensive library of antiquarian books, and becoming an expert on early typefaces. He brings to his study of Caxton (which follows in the wake of works on incunabula by Ames, Herbert and Dibdin) his own practical experience of the craft of printing, largely unchanged, except for the addition of machine power, since Caxton's day. He examined more than 450 Caxton printings, in Britain, France and the Low Countries, while preparing the work. Volume 1 deals with Caxton's life and the background, in England and Europe, to his innovatory work. Transcriptions of contemporary documents are also supplied.
Preface; 1. William Caxton, the mercer; 2. The state of literature in the fifteenth century; 3. Scribes and printers; 4. The Bruges press; 5. Who taught Caxton to print?; 6. Caxton at Westminster; Authorities; The original writings of Caxton; Notes.
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