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Lewis, John
THE LIFE OF MAYSTER WILLIAM 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. PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1737
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Lewis, John
THE LIFE OF MAYSTER WILLIAM 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. PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1737
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8001,200
LOT SOLD. 875 GBP
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Lewis, John
THE LIFE OF MAYSTER WILLIAM 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. PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1737
8vo, first edition, limited to 150 copies,  engraved frontispiece, engraved initials and headings, later eighteenth-century  orange-red morocco, covers with gilt-rule border enclosing a gilt dog-tooth roll border, gilt roll-tooled central panels with crown and sceptre corner ornaments, spine in six compartments with raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, some slight offsetting to endpapers, edges of binding slightly worn, spine slightly faded
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Provenance

John Denne  (1693–1767), friend of the author, his ownership signature on the title-page; Joseph Neeld, bookplate; Estelle Doheny, the sale of her library at Christie's New York, Part IV, 17/18 October 1988, lot 1452

Catalogue Note

first edition of the first full-length biography of william caxton, by the Church of England clergyman and antiquary John Lewis (1675-1747). It was printed for a limited number of fellow antiquaries, in an edition of only 150 copies.

Lewis's remarkable work  is an extensive biographical study, following on from Conyers Middleton's Dissertation Concerning the Origin of Printing in England (Cambridge, 1735). Subsequent biographers such as Ames, Herbert and Dibdin relied heavily on Lewis.

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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