Mirror of the world.

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Book
Language
English, Middle (1100-1500)
Published/​Created
[Westminster : William Caxton, 1481]
Description
100 leaves : ill. (woodcuts) ; 27.4 x 20.3 cm (folio).

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  • 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
Provenance: Sir John Thorold; acquired Feb. 1925.
References
  • STC (2nd ed.) 24762
  • Needham, Caxton Cx 46
  • Goff M-883
  • Proctor 9638
  • Duff 401
  • Hodnett p. 111-112
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  • 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.
LCCN
48031310
OCLC
8051708
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