A CAXTON LEAF FROM THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY. BOETHIUS. C.477-524; and GEOFFREY CHAUCER, translator. c.1340-1400.  The Consolation of Philosophy. [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1478.]

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A CAXTON LEAF FROM THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY.
BOETHIUS. C.477-524; and GEOFFREY CHAUCER, translator. c.1340-1400.
The Consolation of Philosophy. [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1478.]

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A CAXTON LEAF FROM THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY.
BOETHIUS. C.477-524; and GEOFFREY CHAUCER, translator. c.1340-1400. The Consolation of Philosophy. [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1478.]
Single leaf. Folio (266 x 185 mm). Leaf 90 (mis-numbered 86 in pencil), 29 lines. Repaired margins and lower outside corner, light soiling.
Provenance: William Blades, printer and Caxton biographer; Colonel J.G. Birch, Caxton scholar; sold at Sotheby's, 1963, to Frank Hammond, Birmingham bookseller.

From the first English edition of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae, translated into English by Geoffrey Chaucer. Caxton, who printed the first book in the English language in Ghent in 1473, establish a press at Westminster in 1476. There he printed The Canterbury Tales, the first English book printed in England, in 1477, and a short time later this edition of Boethius. Duff 47; GKW 4576; Goff B-813; Hain-Copinger 3399; Morgan Catalog III, 676; STC 3199.
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A CAXTON LEAF FROM THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHY. BOETHIUS. C.477-524; and GEOFFREY CHAUCER, translator. c.1340-1400.  The Consolation of Philosophy. [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1478.]
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