William Caxton

. He was the first English printer, and was born in the Weald of Kent, probably in 1412. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a mercer in London, and on the death of his master travelled in the Low Countries for a short time. While abroad he was employed to continue and confirm a treaty of trade and commerce between Edward IV. and Philip, Duke of Burgundy. During his residence in Flanders he acquired a knowledge of the new invention of printing, and the first book he executed was the“Recueil des Histoires de Troyes,” by Raoul le Fevre, 1465-67. In 1472 he published his own translation of the same work. The time of his return to his native country is not known with certainty, but the usual supposition has been that he brought the art of printing into England in 1474. Shortly afterwards he was residing near Westminster Abbey, where he set up his press. A list of the works printed by him, sixty-seven in number, is given in Lowndes’s “ Biblio­grapher’s Manual,” ed. Bohn. Caxton died either in 1491 or 1492.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 30.

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The paper duty

The first book printed in Europe

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John Baskerille


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The Mazarine Bible.

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Printing was introduced into Scotland

William Caxton

The First Edition of the New Testament in Greek

Aldus Manutius

Italic Type


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The first almanack