American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Caxton, William 1422?-1491. English printer who published the first book in English, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (c. 1475).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name applied to any book printed by William Caxton, (died 1491 or 1492), originally an English merchant in the Netherlands, who in advanced age learned the art of printing and introduced it into England. The Caxtons are all in black-letter. The “Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye,” translated from the French and printed by Caxton either at Bruges or Cologne, probably in 1474, is considered the earliest specimen of typography in the English language. “The Game and Playe of the Chesse,” printed by him in 1474—5, was the second English book printed, and “The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers,” printed by him at Westminster in 1477, was probably the first work printed in England. The list of known publications printed by him from 1474 to 1490 includes seventy-one titles. Some of them were translated by himself from the French and Dutch.
- n. A printing-type of Flemish design used by William Caxton in 1477.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bibliog.) Any book printed by William Caxton, the first English printer.
- n. English printer who in 1474 printed the first book in English (1422-1491)
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“I did not go to these countries out of mere curiosity I was asked to an important conference for the reaffirmation of the world's moral ideal in Caxton Hall in 1922 and from what I heard I made up my mind that I would see Prague, that new centre of Europe.”
“The word was personified into Jack Malapert in Caxton’s Book of Curtesye in about 1477-78.”
“Mr. Rimbault is wrong in giving to Abbot Milling the honour of being the patron of Caxton, which is due to Abbot Esteney.”
“How the imagination recoils at the idea of Caxton's translation of the Metamorphoses of Ovid, or perhaps his ` ` Lyf of therle of Oxenforde, '' together with many another book from our first presses, not a fragment of which do we now possess, being used for baking ` ` pyes. '”
“A house traditionally called Caxton's was pointed out up to fifty years ago.”
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“Bulletin_, J. Ross Browne, the reporter of the first convention and a most interesting writer, Derby the humorist, "Caxton" or W.H. Rhodes,”
“Somewhat we must say however of the fine paper, exquisite typography, and two neat steel engravings with which this 'Caxton' edition is made beautiful and most suitable either for a lady's _étagere_-book-shelf or the most elegant library.”
“Caxton," he said, "I wish to pay this note and let it seem to have come from Fetters.”
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