Caxton

Definitions

  • Part of Caxton's Preface to the 'Recuyell of the Histories of Troye
    Part of Caxton's Preface to the 'Recuyell of the Histories of Troye
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Caxton English printer who in 1474 printed the first book in English (1422-1491)
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Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers Part of Caxton's Epilogue to the 'Dictes and Sayinges of the Philosophers
Caxton's earliest Woodcut. Headline in Type 3 Caxton's earliest Woodcut. Headline in Type 3
From Caxton's 'Golden Legend From Caxton's 'Golden Legend
From Caxton's 'Fifteen Oes From Caxton's 'Fifteen Oes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first advertisement printed in English in 1477 offered a prayer book. The ad was published by William Caxton on his press in Westminster Abbey. No price was mentioned, only that the book was "good chepe."
    • n Caxton (Bibliog) Any book printed by William Caxton, the first English printer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Caxton 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 Caxton A printing-type of Flemish design used by William Caxton in 1477.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caxton kaks′ton a book printed by William Caxton (1422-91), the first English printer: a kind of printing-type in imitation of Caxton's.
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Usage

In literature:

Near Shoe Lane lived one of Caxton's disciples.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Translated by William Caxton.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
Thus "Lucretia" and "The Caxtons," "Kenelm Chillingly" and "The Parisians," were written simultaneously.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
Chicago published by the Caxton Club M DCCCC I.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
Portrait of Caxton, etc.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
MODERN ENGLISH thus dates from Caxton.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
The art spread to Italy and England, where Caxton was printing in Westminster in 1477.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
Caxton printed the works of Chaucer and Gower and prose renderings of the old romances.
"Fine Books" by Alfred W. Pollard
A German example of the watermark dating from 1479 was exhibited in the Caxton Exhibition (1877).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
My brother had been attacked by a fatal illness, at Caxton.
"Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science" by Hudson Tuttle
Now while the Wars of the Roses had been going on, William Caxton, having learnt the art of printing, had set up a press in London.
"Great Englishwomen" by M. B. Synge
Most of Caxton's own types are of an earlier character, though they also much resemble Flemish or Cologne letter.
"Arts and Crafts Essays" by Various
CAXTON exulted to print this epical romance; and at the same time he had the satisfaction of reproaching the "laggard" age.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
Wood engravings were printed by William Caxton in 1481, but there is no proof that they were the work of English engravers.
"Engraving for Illustration" by Joseph Kirkbride
About 1474 Caxton was printing his black-letter books in England.
"Inventions in the Century" by William Henry Doolittle
I don't think they had been much improved since the days of Caxton.
"The Story of Antony Grace" by George Manville Fenn
CAXTON'S REYNARD THE FOX (Percy Society Edition).
"Notes and Queries, Number 84, June 7, 1851" by Various
CAXTON'S REYNARD THE FOX (Percy Society Edition).
"Notes and Queries, Number 85, June 14, 1851" by Various
CAXTON'S REYNARD THE FOX (Percy Society Edition).
"Notes and Queries, Vol. III, Number 86, June 21, 1851" by Various
CAXTON'S REYNARD THE FOX (Percy Society Edition).
"Notes and Queries, Vol. III, Number 87, June 28, 1851" by Various
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In news:

Caxton to Cut Its Fees.
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