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Dits des Philosophes

Dits des philosophes [English] The dictes or sayengis of the philosophres.


Analysis of Content

[*1v] Wydeville, Anthony: [Preface.] Incipit: ‘[W]here it is so that euery creature . . .’ Partly printed in Caxton, Prologues, 111-12.

A1r Dits des philosophes [English]. The dictes or sayengis of the philosophres. Translated from the French of Guillaume de Tignonville, by Anthony Wydeville, Earl Rivers. Incipit: ‘[S]edechias was the first philosophir . . .’

I3r Caxton, William: [Epilogue.] Caxton, Prologues, 18-31. Blades, Caxton, 141-8.


Imprint: [Westminster]: William Caxton, [1489-90]. Folio.

Remarks: As dated by BMC; Sheppard dates [c.1490], GW [c.1489].


Collation: [*2] A–G8 H I6.


ISTC: id00274000

GW: GW 8323;

Hain: HC 6285;

Goff: Goff D‑274;

Proctor: Pr 9683;

Others: Blades, Caxton, 226-8 no. 83; Blake, Caxton, 27, B30; de Ricci, Caxton, 39; Duff 125; Needham, Pardoner, 90, no. Cx 93; Oates 4109; Painter, Caxton, 214; Sheppard 7421; STC 6829.

LCN: 14818742


Copy number: D-109(1)

Wanting the blank leaf I6. For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 19.

Binding: Nineteenth-century olive morocco, possibly by Lewis.

Size: 287 × 200 × 15 mm.

Size of leaf: 278 × 190 mm.

Provenance: Robert Chaderton (sixteenth century); signature on A8r in a sixteenth-century hand. John Holland (sixteenth century); signature on D1v. William Vincent (1739-1815), Dean of Westminster; sale (15 Mar. 1816), lot 1176. Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858); provenance according to de Ricci, but not identified in sale catalogue. Probably George Spencer-Churchill (1766-1840), 5th Duke of Marlborough; Catalogue of the Very Valuable and Extensive Library of Books . . . Removed from Blenheim (Oxford: Giles & Son, 28 May 1840), lot 437, in the Bodleian copy of the sale catalogue is an annotated price of £50. Purchased for £50; see Books Purchased (1840), 10, and Macray 340; an earlier price of £199. 15. 0 is written on the front endleaf.

Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.17.

SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.11.

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