The Life of Mayster Wyllyam Caxton, of the Weald of Kent; the First Printer in England. In which is given an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Art of Pryntyng in England, during his Time, till 1493. John LEWIS.

“Now Worth Several Pounds”

The Life of Mayster Wyllyam Caxton, of the Weald of Kent; the First Printer in England. In which is given an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Art of Pryntyng in England, during his Time, till 1493.

Engraved frontis. port. of Caxton & two woodcut plates of watermarks. xxii, 156 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled morocco (a bit of rubbing to extremities), spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. London: 1737.

First edition of the first full-scale biographical study of Caxton. Lewis (1675-1747), listed the Caxton editions known to him and reconstructed from them an outline of Caxton’s life.

A very fine copy, printed on what seems to be thick paper. From the libraries of Col. J.C. Dundas of Ochtertyre, Stirling (his sale Sotheby’s, 3 November 1958) and A.R.A. Hobson with his bookplate.

❧ Bigmore & Wyman, II, p. 436–“Only 150 copies of this work having been printed, it is of rare occurrence and of high value. A good copy is now worth several pounds. This memoir of Caxton is a very remarkable work, on account both of the fulness and the accuracy of its materia. The subsequent biographers of the first English printer, such as Ames, Herbert, and Dibdin, added, in fact, little that was new to what Lewis had collected.”.

Price: $2,500.00

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