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Mirror of the world.
Image du monde.
English (Middle English)
Middle English (1100-1500)
[Westminster : William Caxton, 1481]
100 leaves : ill. (woodcuts) ; 27.4 x 20.3 cm (folio).
Early works to 1800
Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Early works to 1800
Illustration of books
Gossuin, of Metz
Gautier, of Metz, active 1245
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492
Vincent, of Beauvais, -1264
Thorold, John Hayford, Sir, 1773-1831
Syston Park Library (Lincolnshire, England)
Leaf [a6 recto] has title: Hier begynneth the book callid the myrrour of the worlde.
Leaf [a2 recto] begins: Here begynneth the table of the rubrices of this presente volume named the mirrour of the world or thymage of the same ...
Translated by William Caxton from a prose version of the Image du monde (or Livre de clergie) attributed by some authorities to Gossuin, by others to Gautier, of Metz. It is derived from various Latin sources, chiefly the Imago mundi, probably comp. by Honorius Solitarius. cf. George Sarton. Introd. to the hist. of science, Washington, 1931, v. 2, p. 591; Image du monde. Caxton's Mirrour of the world, ed. by O.H. Prior, London, 1913, Introd.
First illustrated book printed in England.
WHS copy wanting initial blank leaf.
Provenance: Sir John Thorold (monogram booklabel) and armorial bookplate: Syston Park); acquired Feb. 1925.
STC (2nd ed.) 24762
Needham, Caxton Cx 46
Hodnett p. 111-112
Also available in an electronic version.
Hier begynneth the book callid the myrrour of the worlde.
Here begynneth the table of the rubrices of this presente volume named the mirrour of the world or thymage of the same.
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