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William Caxton and Early Printing in England - Lotte Hellinga

William Caxton and Early Printing in England

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William Caxton (1415 22-92) laid the foundations of publishing in England--he not only introduced the printing press to England, but was also the first English book retailer. In 1473 he printed Britain's first book--"Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye"--and thus established the printing and book industry in the country. His best known publications are Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," the "Golden Legend," and Malory's "Morte D'Arthur." He also translated historical works and romances and wrote prefaces to his books. As publisher of more than one hundred publications, Caxton established a new readership for major works in English. "William Caxton and Early Printing in England" takes a fresh approach to the first sixty years of printing in England by placing Caxton, his contemporaries, and other early publishers in the broad context of the history of book production between the middle of the fifteenth century and the Reformation. Although many of the early printers in England, Caxton included, had experience of the nascent printing industry in Europe--notably the French, German, and Dutch printers--printing and publishing in England quickly developed a unique character of its own. This readable and highly illustrated account is a fascinating history of the birth and growth of an industry with a very significant place in British history.

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Before Caxtonp. 7
Caxton in Bruges: merchant and diplomatp. 12
Caxton and Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy: his first translationp. 19
Caxton in Cologne (1471-2)p. 26
Caxton's plans for a printing housep. 33
The first books printed in English: a tale of the known and the unknownp. 40
Caxton and his patrons in Westminsterp. 52
Books multiplied: Caxton's publications until 1486p. 64
Printing in Oxford (1478-83)p. 76
The first printers in London (1480-c. 1486)p. 83
The Press at St Albans (1479-81, 1486)p. 90
Caxton's final years (1487-92)p. 99
'Standing abasshed': between patrons and readersp. 107
Richard Pynson: the canny entrepreneur (1491-1529)p. 113
Wynkyn de Worde: taking over Caxton's firm (1492-6)p. 131
Wynkyn de Worde's career as independent publisher (1497-1535)p. 139
Printing devotional texts in Englishp. 156
Contemporaries outside the mainstreamp. 171
Further readingp. 196
List of illustrationsp. 203
General Indexp. 207
Index of authors and textsp. 211
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ISBN: 9780712350884
ISBN-10: 0712350888
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75