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William Caxton, the first English printer a biography by Charles Knight

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Published by Charles Knight. in London .
Written in English


  • Caxton, William, -- ca. 1422-1491.,
  • Printers -- Great Britain -- Biography.,
  • Printing -- England -- History.

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Edition Notes

Statementby Charles Knight.
LC ClassificationsZ232.C38 K7
The Physical Object
Pagination240 p., [2] leaves of plates :
Number of Pages240
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16356645M
LC Control Number04004698

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William Caxton >The first English printer, William Caxton (), printed a total of >about different works. He also translated some 24 books, all but one of >which he printed. William Caxton said that he was born in the Weald [1] of Kent, but his exact birthplace is unknown. Pages of interesting anniversaries. What happened on this day in history. NOVEMBER 18 th. On this day in history in , William Caxton published his first book.. Caxton was the first printer in England, and his Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres was the first book published under this innovative technique.. Caxton was born about in Kent. William Caxton was both the first to print a book in English, and the first English printer. He realised the commercial potential of the new technology while working as a merchant in the Low Countries and Germany, birthplace of printing in Europe. William Caxton, the first English printer: a biography - Kindle edition by Knight, Charles. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading William Caxton, the first English printer: Author: Charles Knight.

William Caxton, the first English printer: a biography [Charles Knight] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages. Audio Books & Poetry Community Audio Computers, Technology and Science Music, Arts & Culture News & Public Affairs Non-English Audio Spirituality & Religion. Librivox Free Audiobook. Full text of "William Caxton, the first English printer: a biography" See other formats. William Caxton was the first Englishman to learn to use a printing press. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye was his first printed book, and the first book printed anywhere in English. It was produced in on the Continent, in either Bruges or Ghent.   On Novem , English printer William Caxton, printed the first book in England. It was his own book entitled “Sayings of the Philosophers” (Dictes or Sayengis). A few years earlier (), Caxton came in contact with the art of printing in Cologne, Germany. He learned and practiced this art and translated the first book to the English language, namely .

His first book, the "Recuyell", was undoubtedly printed at Bruges in , at the press of Colard Mansion, an illuminator of manuscripts, who had set up a press in that city in Caxton's second book, the "Game & Pleye of Chess", another translation from the French, came, it is almost certain, from the same press in According to the British Library website, the first book printed in English was "The Recuyell of the Histories of Troy", printed by William Caxton in Get this from a library! William Caxton: the first English printer. [Holbrook Jackson; Joseph Ishill; Oriole Press (Berkeley Heights, N.J.),]. William Caxton’s most notable contribution has been as a printer and publisher. He revolutionized the way English people read, by introducing in England the printing press. He was the first English person to work as a printer and also the first English retailer of printed books, his contemporaries being Flemish, German and French.