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Bod-Inc: C-169

Cessolis, Jacobus de

De ludo scachorum [English] The play of chess.


Analysis of Content

a2r Caxton, William: [Note on his translation.] Facsimiles: The Game of the Chesse, by William Caxton, ed. Vincent Figgins (London, 1855). Jacobus de Cessolis, The Game of Chess, Translated and Printed by William Caxton c. 1483, ed. Norman F. Blake (London, 1976). Caxton, Prologues, 10-13; see Kaeppeli II 311-18 no. 2066.

a2v [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: [Westminster]: William Caxton, [c.1483]. Folio.


Collation: a–i8 k l6.

Illustrations: 20 woodcuts: see BMC.


ISTC: ic00414000

GW: GW 6533;

Hain: HC 4901;

Goff: Goff C‑414;


Proctor: Pr 9643;

Others: Blades, Caxton, 34; Blake 31 B45; de Ricci, Caxton, 18; Duff 82; Painter, Caxton, 213; Rhodes 536; Sheppard 7381-2; STC 4921.

LCN: 14836891, 14836988


Copy number: C-169(1)

Wanting the blank leaf a1. The greater part of the last leaf torn away, the missing text supplied in an early English hand.

Line 12 on a2v reads: ‘The first traytye'; line 1 on b1r reads: ‘ . . . so to dooo | The next day |'.

Binding: Sixteenth/seventeenth-century English limp parchment; two leather ties missing. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover.

Size: 268 × 205 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 268 × 187 mm.

Some early marginal notes, mostly in English.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining. Some woodcuts partly coloured.

Provenance: John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Add. C. 40, p. 16; MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 19: ‘Caxton. Chessplay'. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmarks: C 1. 7 Art. Seld.; AA 10 Art. Seld.; Auct. QQ supra 1.3; Auct. 1Q inf. 3.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.6.

Copy number: C-169(2)

Bound in a modern guard-book of fragments.

a4 only.

Size of fragment: 208 × 138 mm.

Initial is supplied in red; red capital strokes and underlining. The woodcut coloured in red and green.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Douce Fragm. 9.e.

SHELFMARK: Inc. c. E7.1(2).

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