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LEWIS, John.

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.

London: [no publisher,] 1737 Stock Code: 125059
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The first biography of Caxton

First edition, Lowndes recording that only 150 copies were printed. The first biography of Caxton, Lewis's work is notable for its accuracy and detail, and remained the best biography of the printer until William Blades's two-volume biography was published in 1861-3. Thomas Frognall Dibdin inserted the entirety of Lewis's study in his Typographical Antiquities.

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Description

Octavo (238 x 145 mm). Mid-19th-century red half morocco, discreetly rebacked, spine lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt, bottom edge untrimmed.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece of Caxton after Bagford, 2 woodcut illustrations of Caxton's printers mark, 2 inserted errata leaves at rear rather than the one called for, the latter possibly inserted from another copy.

Condition

A few contemporary ink annotations. Some scuffing to spine, hinges taped, short split to front endpaper. A tall, internally clean copy.

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