The Biography and Typography of William Caxton: England's First Printer

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Trübner, 1882 - Incunabula - 387 pages
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Page 87 - Forsooth,' said the good simple man, ' I wot never ; for I make never accompts thereof, how well I have had it four or five years.' ' And know ye not,' said he, ' what it is worth ? — it should seem a good benefice.' 'No, forsooth,' said he, 'but I wot well what it shall be worth to me.
Page 67 - If it píese any man spirituel or temporel to bye ony Pyes of two and thre comemoracions of Salisburi vse enprynted after the forme of this present lettre whiche ben wel and truly correct, late hym come to Westmonester in to the Almonesrye at the reed pale and he shal have them good chepe.
Page 4 - Synagogue, since a house of friars, then a nobleman's house after that, a merchant's house, wherein mayoralties have been kept, and now a wine tavern.
Page ix - ... and wente to lande for to refreshe them. And one of theym named Sheffelde, a mercer, cam in-to an hows and axed for mete; and specyally he axyd after eggys. And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe.
Page 59 - And also of your charyte call to remembraunce The soule of William Caxton first prynter of this boke In laten tonge at Coleyn hymself to avaunce That every well disposyd man may theron loke...
Page 50 - ... at which they were produced is the only one which can really advance our knowledge of the subject. This is comparatively easy with dated books, though there is no safeguard against the misleading nature of an erroneous date. But the study is of little use unless the bibliographer will be content to make such an accurate and methodical study of the types used and habits of printing observable at different presses...
Page 197 - Caton, which book hath been translated into English by Master Benet Burgh, late Archdeacon of Colchester, and high canon of St. Stephen's at Westminster, which ful craftily hath made it in ballad royal for the erudition of my lord Bousher, son and heir at that time to my lord the Earl of Essex. And because of late came to my hand a book of the said Cato in French, which rehearseth many a fair learning and notable examples, I have translated it out of French into English, as all along hereafter shall...
Page 259 - This noble man Gefferey Chaucer fynysshed at the sayd conclusion of the metyng of lesyng and sothsawe ! where as yet they ben chekked and maye not departe | whyche werke as me semeth is craftyly made ;
Page ix - And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde haue hadde egges and she vnderstode hym not. And thenne at laste a nother sayd that he wolde haue eyren. then the good wyf sayd that she vnderstod hym wel. Loo, what sholde a man in thyse dayes now wryte, egges or eyren.
Page 86 - Arts — of whom that one was quick and could put himself forth; and that other was a good simple priest. And so it happened that the master that was pert and quick was anon promoted to a benefice or twain, and after to prebends, and for to be a dean of a great prince's chapel, supposing and weening that his fellow, the simple priest, should never be promoted, but be always an annual, or, at the most, a parish priest.

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