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1877 CATALOGUE

OF

THE LOAN COLLECTION OF ANTIQUITIES,

CURIOSITIES, AND APPLIANCES

CONNECTED WITH THE

ART OF PRINTING

SOUTH KENSINGTON.

EDITED BY GEORGE BULLEN, Esq., F.S.A.,

Keeper of the Printed Books, British Museum.

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PRINTED AT THE ELZEVIR PRESS, | PUBLISHED BY N. TRÜBNER AND CO., LUDGATE HILL,

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INTRODUCTION.

THE CAXTON

CELEBRATION. This interesting display will be opened by a “Typical" overture, "composed" for the perasion

Several founts of type will building. "Pie” from most of the rincipal London printing ffices will be found on the Befreshment buffet. Races in printer's "gal.

will form one of the 's amusements. An original contest, to be ou pany, will take place be

. Ween a and a womposing“ stone," centuries ago. be subject of their efforts emga

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be in various parts of the 7 HE whole English-speaking world cannot fail to

feel deeply interested in the Exhibition which is now opened to public view in the Galleries at South Kensington. There can be little doubt, after

the researches of Mr. Blades, the biographer of

that the “ Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers” was lected in the presence of the book printed by our first English printer on English composing sticke press set up by him in the Almonry at Westminster,

"The Recuyell of the Historyes of Compositon vas translated by Caxton from the French of Raoul Le borns."

Fèvre in 1471, and was printed by him, in all probability, not long afterwards at Bruges, where Caxton was residing, being the first printed English book. The next printed English book was “The Game and Playe of the Chesse,” “Fynysshid the last day of marche the yer of our Lord god. a thousand foure honderd and lxxiiii.” This also, long thought to have been the first book printed at Westminster, has been considered by Mr. Blades to have been printed at Bruges; the original “Recueil des histoires de troyes” having been also printed by Caxton, probably in 1476. Thus, to Caxton belongs the honour of having printed not only the first book in English, but the first book in the French language.

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