London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
CAXTON PRINTING -- One leaf from the FIRST EDITION of Ralph Higden's Polychronicon. Westminster: William Caxton, [after 2 July] 1482. (268 x 185mm). Leaf 281, large initials A and a few rubrics supplied in red, a few contemporary and later marginalia, mounted on card with both sides visible. From No. 29 in De Ricci Census. Describing events in the time of Alured or Alfred of Wessex, possibly bishop of Sherborne. HC 8659; Duff 172; Goff H-268.
And one leaf from Plutarch's Vitae parallelae, Venice, Nicolaus Jenson, 1478 and one from the Nuremberg Chronicle, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493 (with 12 hand-coloured portraits of kings and saints). (3)
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