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Bod-Inc: C-191

Christine de Pisan

Faits d'armes et de chevalerie [English].


Analysis of Content

[*1r] ‘Table of the rubryshys'.

A1r Christine de Pisan: Livre des Faits d'armes et de chevalerie [English]. ‘The book of fayttes of armes [and] of Chyualrye'.’ Translated from the French by William Caxton. The Book of Fayttes of Armes and of Chyualry. Translated and Printed by William Caxton, ed. Alfred T. P. Byles, EETS, Original Ser., 189 (London, 1931, repr. 1937). On the text and Caxton's translation see Ernest Nys, Christine de Pisan et ses principales œuvres (Brussels, 1914), 37-41, 64-73, and 76; Edith Yenal, Christine de Pisan: A Bibliography of Writings by Her and about Her, The Scarecrow Author Bibliographies, 63 (London, 1982), 52-3.

S5r Caxton, William: [Epilogue.] Caxton, Prologues, 103-4.


Imprint: [Westminster]: William Caxton, 14 July 1489. Folio.


Collation: [*2] A–R8 S6.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials.


ISTC: ic00472000

GW: GW 6648;

Hain: HC 4988 = 15918;

Goff: Goff C‑472;


Proctor: Pr 9677;

Others: Blake 28-9 B37; de Ricci, Caxton, 28; Duff 96; Oates 4107; Painter, Caxton, 214; Rhodes 540; Sheppard 7411-13; STC 7269. Facsimile: English Experience, no. 13 (New York and Amsterdam, 1968).

LCN: 14491104, 14491173, 14491178


Copy number: C-191(1)

Wanting the blank leaf S6.

Binding: Eighteenth-century English diced russia, the spine gold-tooled.

Size: 275 × 200 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 263 × 183 mm.

Two nineteenth-century engravings attached to front endleaf: one depicting ‘Reason, Rectitude, & Justice, appearing to Christina de Pisan, and promising to assist her in writing La Cité des Dames, From an illumination in the Library of the King of France', the other one showing ‘Earl Rivers presenting his Book & Caxton his Printer to Edw. 4, the Queen & Prince . . .’

Provenance: Sir Anthony Browne (†1548). Thomas Watts (mid sixteenth century). William Duckett (fl. 1545); on S5v an inscription: ‘questo libro he di Thomaso Vatis et G[uilliel]mo Duchetti et de loro amici, a loro datta per m. Ant[oni]o Brovne Inghlese'. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce 180.

Copy number: C-191(2)

Wanting the blank leaf [S6].

Sheet S2.5 in a different setting.

Binding: Sixteenth/seventeenth-century parchment; two green cloth ties lost; on the upper cover gold lettering ‘IOHN WARREN'. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at head of the upper cover.

Size: 267 × 190 × 30 mm.

Size of leaf: 264 × 186 mm.

A few early marginal notes.

Provenance: Sir Thomas Lovell (†1524); on [*1r]: ‘Iste liber pertinet ad Tho[mam] Lovell et eiusque amicorum(!)'. William Frakely (sixteenth century); on R8v: ‘this is Will Frakely boke'. William Rolenson (fl. 1566); on I1v and on Q7v: ‘Will[ia]m Rolenson mag[ist]er'. Nicholas Gorson (fl. 1566); on Q6v an inscription: ‘Nicholas Gorson Amen Wi. Ro. 1566'. John Warren (sixteenth/seventeenth century). John Selden (1584-1654); see MS. Broxb. 84. 10, p. 19; MS. Add. C. 40, p. 16. Presented in 1659.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: C 1. 8 Art. Seld.; AA 2. 19 Art. Seld.; Auct. QQ sup. 1.19.

SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.13.

Copy number: C-191(3)

A2 –F6 only.

Binding: Nineteenth-century calf; bound for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 275 × 200 × 15 mm.

Size of leaf: 271 × 191 mm.

On A2r an early marginal note in Latin.

Provenance: Francis Douce (1757-1834); see manuscript note in his copy of William Herbert, Typographical Antiquities, I (London, 1785), 67 (Douce S 857). Bequeathed in 1834.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.25.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.16.

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