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Bod-Inc: C-168

Cessolis, Jacobus de

De ludo scachorum [English] The play of chess.


Analysis of Content

[a2r] Caxton, William: [Letter to] Prince George, Duke of Clarence. Caxton, Prologues, 10-12. On the dedication see the introduction to Jacobus de Cessolis, The Game of Chess, Translated and Printed by William Caxton c.1483, ed. Norman F. Blake (London, 1976); see Kaeppeli II 311-18 no. 2066.

[a3r] [Table of contents.]

[a4r] Jacobus de Cessolis: [De ludo scachorum. English: The play of chess.] Translated by William Caxton, from the French [of Jean de Vignay.]


Imprint: [Bruges: William Caxton], 31 Mar. 1474. Folio.


Collation: [a–h8 i10].


ISTC: ic00413000

GW: GW 6532;

Hain: HC 4902;

Goff: Goff C‑413;

BMC: BMC IX 130;

Proctor: Pr 9323;

Others: Blades, Caxton, 2 (3); Blake 31 B44; Campbell–Kronenberg (I) 418a; de Ricci, Caxton, 1; Duff 81; HPT II 395; ILC 556; Oates 3839; Painter, Caxton, 211; Sheppard 7062; STC 4920. Facsimiles: Caxton's Game and Playe of the Chesse, 1474. A Verbatim Reprint of the First Edition, ed. William E. A. Axon (London, 1883, repr. St Leonards-on-Sea, 1970), 1-2; The Game of the Chesse, by William Caxton, ed. Vincent Figgins (London, 1855).


Copy number: C-168(1)

Formerly bound with:
1. Raoul Lefèvre, Le Recueil des histoires de Troyes [English] Recuyell of the historyes of Troye. [Bruges: William Caxton, 1473?] (L‑060(1), bound separately in 1884-5, and now Arch. G d.1).

Wanting leaf [i9] and the blank leaves [a1] and [i10]. For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 5.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half red morocco; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 265 × 198 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 255 × 182 mm.

Occasional manuscript catchwords; a few early marginal notes.

Provenance: James Bowen (†1774). Donated in 1750: see Macray 465, and Bodleian Library, MS. Gough Shropshire 20, fol. 2, containing a letter written in 1751, by Dr Humphrey Owen, Bodley's Librarian, to Bowen, thanking him for presenting these two items to the Bodleian.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.2b.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.2.

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