Le Recueil des histoires de Troyes [English] Recuyell of the historyes of Troye.
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[a2r] [Preface.] Raoul Lefevre, The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye, trans. William Caxton, ed. H. Oskar Sommer, 2 vols (London, 1894), I 3; Crotch 2; on the edition in general see pp. lxxxii-xciii.
[a2v] [Caxton, William: Translator's prologue.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, I 4-6; Crotch 4-5.
[a3v] Lefevre, Raoul: ‘Prologue.’ [Translated by William Caxton.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, I 6-7.
[a4v] [Introduction to book 1.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, I 8.
[a5r] Lefevre, Raoul: Le Recueil des histoires de Troyes [English] Recuyell of the historyes of Troye: books 1-2. [Translated by William Caxton.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, I 9-320, II 321-501.
[L5v] [Caxton, William: Epilogue.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, II 502-3; Crotch 6-7.
[aa1r] [Introduction to book 3.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, II 505.
[aa1r] Lefevre, Raoul: Le Recueil des histoires de Troyes [English] Recuyell of the historyes of Troye: book 3. [Translated by William Caxton.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, II 505-700.
[kk9r] [Caxton, William: Epilogue.] Lefevre, Recuyell, ed. Sommer, II 701-2; Crotch 7-8.
[kk10r] [Hildebert of Lavardin pseudo-; Ovidius Naso, Publius pseudo-: De excidio Troiae (extracts).] Incipit: ‘Pergama flere volo fata Danais data solo | Solo capta dolo capta redacta solo'; 7 elegiac distichs. B. Hauréau, Les mélanges poétiques d'Hildebert de Lavardin (Paris, 1882), 207-9, lines 1-2, 89-90, 31-6, 29-30, 27-8; see Walther, Initia, 13985. On the authorship see A. B. Scott, ‘A Critical Edition of the Poems of Hildebert of Le Mans', unpublished D.Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 1960, 192-4.
Imprint: [Bruges: William Caxton, 1473/4]. Folio.
Remarks: As dated by Sheppard, CIBN and HPT; ILC dates [1473?].
Collation: [a–o10 p8 A–I10 K8 L6 aa–kk10].
Hain: HC 7048;
Goff: Goff L‑117;
BMC: BMC IX 129;
Proctor: Pr 9322;
Others: Boekdrukkunst (1973), 82; Campbell–Kronenberg 1093a (I); Caxton, Exhibition, BL, 30-2, no. 13; CIBN L‑83; de Ricci, Caxton, 3; Duff 242; HPT II 395; ILC 1422; Needham, Pardoner, 83, no. Cx 4; Oates 3837-38; Painter, Caxton, 211; Sheppard 7059-61; STC 15375; [Felix de Marez Oyens and Margaret Ford], English Incunabula from the Wentworth Library (Christie's: London, 8 July 1998), lot 1.
Copy number: L-060(1)
Formerly bound with C‑168; see there for details of the separation of the two items.
Wanting the blank leaf [a1], also [a2-3] and [L6].
Leaf [d1v] has been left blank in error, the missing text supplied in manuscript in a seventeenth-century hand(?). The upper portion of [a4] has been torn away; the leaf is bound in reverse. Leaf [a5] repaired, and small repairs made to other leaves.
Binding: Early eighteenth-century calf; rebacked, presumably in 1884-5 (see C‑168).
Size: 282 × 205 × 90 mm.
Size of leaf: 273 × 191 mm.
Early marginal notes, mainly in English, and frequently cropped, including extraction of key words, and pointing hands also underlining in the text in black ink, pen-trials, and scribbles.
Some one- to seven-line initials are supplied in red.
Provenance: George Horton (fifteenth century); name on [E7r], and [bb1v -bb2r] (cropped, ‘Nouerint vniuersi per presentes nos Georgium Horton'), perhaps also (cancelled) on [I6r]. Charles Fox (fifteenth/sixteenth century); name on [ee10v]. William Owen (fl. 1744); inscription on [E6r]: ‘William Owen anno domini 1744 years since and so forth'. James Bowen (†1774), 1746; name on the recto of one front endleaf: ‘James Bowen 1746'; also ‘Ja. Bowen, Salop. Anno 1746' within a foliate rococo ornament, accompanied, on the following front endleaves, by a long bibliographical note, and a biographical note on Caxton, all by Bowen. Donated by Bowen in 1750: see C‑168; note ‘Recd Nov. 10 1750' on the front pastedown.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.2a.
SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.1.
Copy number: L-060(2)
Wanting the blank leaf [a1], and leaves [a2-4], [i9-10], [B7], [kk2], and [kk9-10].
The blank portion of [L6] and the outer margin of [I9] torn away, with slight loss of text. The lower margins of [ii9-10] cut. For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 4.
Binding: Eighteenth-century(?) calf with gold-tooled spine. Formerly chained: staple-marks of a hasp at the head of the upper cover. ‘62' (from the shelfmark AA 62 Jur. Seld.) on the fore-edge in black ink; shelfmark also in red crayon on the verso of the front endleaf.
Size: 262 × 197 × 65 mm.
Size of leaf: 252 × 180 mm.
Some seventeenth-century(?) marginal annotations. Manuscript notes [by Nathaniel Crynes] on the front pastedown and on the verso of the front endleaf.
One- to seven-line initials supplied in red, blue, or interlocked red and blue; paragraph marks supplied in red or blue.
Provenance: Thomas Tanner (1674-1735); see M. J. Sommerlad, ‘The Historical and Antiquarian Interests of Thomas Tanner, 1674-1735', unpublished D. Phil. thesis, University of Oxford, 1962, 361 note 3, where he records that Tanner's signature has been defaced. Nathaniel Crynes (1686-1745); notes (see above). Presumably bequeathed in 1745; see Macray 465.
Former Bodleian shelfmarks: AA 62 Jur. Seld.; Auct. QQ sup. 1.1.
SHELFMARK: S. Seld. d.1.
Copy number: L-060(3)
Fragment consisting of [kk4.7] only.
Binding: Nineteenth-century purple cloth.
Size: 282 × 199 × 8 mm.
Size of leaf: 278 × 195 mm.
Manuscript note by Thomas Hearne on [kk4v]: ‘I value this fragment. It is of Caxton's Printing. I had it from Mr Bagford.’
Three three-line initials supplied in red.
Provenance: John Bagford (1650-1716). Thomas Hearne (1678-1735); note (see above). Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755)(?). Perhaps bequeathed in 1755.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. QQ sup. 1.2c.
SHELFMARK: Arch. G d.3.
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