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The Boston Public Library holds a significant collection of books from the earliest years of English printing, including works from the presses of William Caxton, Richard Pynson, Wynkyn De Worde, and others.



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[292] p. : 19 cm (4to)
Topics: Bible. Psalms -- Sermons -- Early works to 1800, Bible. Psalms -- Criticism and interpretation --...
Incunabula
Jan 24, 2017 Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400; Pynson, Richard, -1530, printer; J. & J. Leighton, binder. MB
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . Title from introductory prohemye (lines 25-31) on a1 recto
Early English Printers
Jan 19, 2017 Whittington, Robert, -approximately 1560; Negro, Pescennio Francesco, 1452-; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534? printer; Littlefield, George Emery, 1844-1915, former owner; Shillaber, William Green, former owner; Leigh, Chandos, 1791-1850, former owner
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Imprint from ESTC
Topic: Latin language
Book of Common Prayer
Jan 17, 2017 Catholic Church; Pynson, Richard, -1530, printer
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Imprint from colophon
Incunabula
Jan 17, 2017 Alcock, John, 1430-1500; Pynson, Richard, -1530, printer; Ham House (England), former owner
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Imprint derived from colophon (e3 verso): Here endeth the treatyse called Mons perfectionis. Emprynted by Rycharde Pynson in the xiii yere of our souerayne lorde Kynge Henry the vii.
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders, Spiritual life
Early English Printers
Jan 17, 2017 Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, approximately 1217-1274, attributed name; Love, Nicholas, active 1410, translator; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer; Hampton, John Somerset Pakington, Baron, 1799-1880, former owner. MB; Gibbs, Henry Hucks, 1819-1907, former owner. MB
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Sometimes attributed to St. Bonaventure
Topic: Jesus Christ
Incunabula
Jan 17, 2017 Higden, Ranulf, -1364; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534? printer; Trevisa, John, -1402, translator; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492
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For information about incunabula at the Boston Public Library, consult the library's  incunabula research guide . Higden's work, divided into 7 books and extending to the year 1348, was originally written in Latin. The English translation was made by John Trevisa, who continued it to 1357. The 8th book, 1358-1460, was added by Caxton, who in 1482 printed the work from Trevisa's translation, revising the antiquated text. This edition is a reprint of Caxton's edition; the text is unaltered and...
Topics: World history, Geography
Early English Printers
Nov 29, 2016 John, of Tynemouth, -1290? Sanctilogium Angliae, Walliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae; Capgrave, John, 1393-1464, dubious author; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534? printer; York Minster. Library, former owner
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The text of this book is based on the "Sanctilogium Angliae, Walliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae" attributed to John of Tynemouth. It is sometimes mistakenly attributed to John Capgrave
Topic: Christian saints
Incunabula
Mar 24, 2016 Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, printer; Towneley, John, 1731-1813, former owner. MB; Gibbs, Henry Hucks, 1819-1907, former owner. MB; Whittingham, James, binder. MB; Rosenbach, A. S. W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952, former owner.
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Higher resolution images of this copy are available on  Digital Commonwealth . Title from leaf CCCCxliiii; imprint from ISTC.
Topics: Christian saints, Saints
Source: folio
Early English Printers
Jan 4, 2016 Gossuin, of Metz, attributed name, translator; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, translator; Vincent, of Beauvais, -1264, attributed name, dubious author; Andrew, Laurence, active 1510-1537, printer; Britwell Court (Buckinghamshire, England). Library, former owner
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A translation by William Caxton of a prose version of Image du monde
Topic: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Early English Printers
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Title within woodcut border with printer's initials. Cf. McKerrow & Ferguson, no. 20
Topics: Great Britain -- History -- To 1485 -- Early works to 1800, Great Britain -- History -- Tudors,...
Early English Printers
Aug 27, 2015 Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer; Tomkinson, Michael, 1841-1921, former owner; Boule, Joannis, former owner
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Title and imprint from first colophon (2c7): Here endeth this present Chronycle of Englonde with [the] fruyte of tymes. compyled in a booke and also enprynted by one some tyme scole mayster of saynt Albons uppon whoos soule god have mercy. Amen. And newely in the yere of oure Lorde god. M.CCCCC.ii. Empry[n]ted in flete strete in [the] sygne of the son[n]e by me Wynkyn de Worde
Topic: Great Britain -- History -- To 1485 -- Early works to 1800
Early English Printers
Aug 27, 2015 Rastell, John, -1536; Riviere & Son, binder
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By John Rastell, whose name appears in the headline on A2r
Topics: Great Britain -- History -- To 1485 -- Early works to 1800, Europe -- History -- 476-1492 -- Early...
Early English Printers
Aug 11, 2015 Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, translator; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer; Kempe, William, former owner; Hales, Henry, former owner
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Title and imprint from colophon (2y8 recto): "Thus endeth the legende, named in Latyn Legenda aurea that is to say in Englysshe the golden legende. ... Whiche werke hath ben dilige[n]tly amended in diuers places where as grete nede was. Finysshed the xxvii daye of the August, the yere of our Lord MCCCCCxxvii the xix yere of the regne of our souerayne Lorde Kynge Henry the eyght. Imprynted at London in Flete strete at the sygne of the Sonne, by Wynkyn de Worde."
Topics: Bible, Christian saints, Saints
Early English Printers
Aug 11, 2015 Jacobus, de Voragine, approximately 1229-1298; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, translator; Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, printer; Kempe, William, former owner; Hales, Henry, former owner
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Title and imprint from colophon (2y8 recto): "Thus endeth the legende, named in Latyn Legenda aurea that is to say in Englysshe the golden legende. ... Whiche werke hath ben dilige[n]tly amended in diuers places where as grete nede was. Finysshed the xxvii daye of the August, the yere of our Lord MCCCCCxxvii the xix yere of the regne of our souerayne Lorde Kynge Henry the eyght. Imprynted at London in Flete strete at the sygne of the Sonne, by Wynkyn de Worde."
Topics: Bible, Christian saints, Christian saints, Saints, Saints
Incunabula
May 7, 2015 Gower, John, 1325?-1408; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, printer
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Q.402.44 contains the final five leaves (CCVII-CCXI) of the Confessio Amantis. These leaves have been remargined, with some portions of the text reproduced in facsimile. These leaves are rubricated in red, while the final leaf contains a lengthy, ca. 15th century inscription written in a secretary hand. All are housed in a red cloth folder
Incunabula
May 7, 2015 Gower, John, 1325?-1408; Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, printer
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Q.402.44 contains the final five leaves (CCVII-CCXI) of the Confessio Amantis. These leaves have been remargined, with some portions of the text reproduced in facsimile. These leaves are rubricated in red, while the final leaf contains a lengthy, ca. 15th century inscription written in a secretary hand. All are housed in a red cloth folder
Early English Printers
Sep 22, 2014
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An edition of: The passion of owr lorde iesu christe
Early English Printers
Sep 8, 2014 Worde, Wynkyn de, -1534?, publisher; Riviere & Son, binder
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Imprint from colophon
Topic: Aesop