Here endeth the book named the dictes or sayengis of the philosophhres ...
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Dictes or sayengis of the philosophhres
Where it is so that euery humayn creature by the suffrance of our lord god is born and ordeigned to be subgette and thral vnto the stormes of fortune
Where it is so that every humayn creature by the suffrance of our lord god is born and ordeigned to be subgette and thral unto the stormes of fortune
Dits des philosophes. English.
- [Westminster] : [Printed by William Caxton], [not after 18 November 1477]
- Physical Description:
-  leaves ; 29 cm. (fol.)
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- BEIN Zi +9622: Restricted. Permission of curator needed for use.
BEIN Zi +9622: Variant without colophon on [K]4v.
BEIN Zi +9622: Rubricated in red throughout.
BEIN Zi +9622: Imperfect: Leaves -, - and - wanting (leaves , ,  blank). Leaves  and  misbound after leaf .
BEIN Zi +9622: At least two anonymous sixteenth-century hands annotating in Latin. One annotation in Greek, red crayon. Autographs: Richard Jones; George Bates his hand and pen 1715; James Bale souldier in Capt. Holland Company Anno 1791; Thomas Layton de Lynne in comite Norfolk.
BEIN Zi +9622: Binding: Old leather over wooden boards; traces of clasp with clasp button in center of back board.
A translation, by Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers, of a French version by Guillaume de Tignonville of a "Mokhtār ol-hikam wa-mahasin Abkalim" originally compiled in Arabic by Abū al-Wafāʼ Mubshashir ibn Fātik.
Revised and edited by William Caxton.
Title from opening words of colophon, [K]2r, which reads: Here endeth the book named the dictes or sayengis of the philosophhres enprynted, by me william Caxton at westmestre the yere of our lord .M.CCCC.lxxvij. Whiche book is late translated out of Frenshe into englyssh. by the noble and puissant lord Lord Antone Erle of Ryuyers lord of Scales [and] of the Ile of wyght ...
Text on [A]1r begins: Where it is so that euery humayn creature by the suffrañce of our lord god is borñ [and] ordeigned to be subgette and thral vnto the stormes of fortune ...
For publication date see Lotte Hellinga, "Caxton in focus", p. 77-82.
A later state (STC 6827) has an added colophon on p. [K]4v.
Signatures: [A-I⁸ K⁶].
The first leaf and the last two leaves are blank.
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, D-272
Incunabula short title catalogue, id00272000
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 6284
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 9622
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 8321
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 6826
English short title catalogue, S106458
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968), 3
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in 19th-century morocco by Leighton Brewer. Bound for the Earl of Carysfort with his cipher at the foot of the spine and his armorial bookplate. Textually complete, lacking only the three blanks. On fol. 37r the last line and last word of the preceding line have been removed in the press. On fol. 37v the word "pleased" is spelled correctly. Fol. 3r has a variant spelling in the last line: "lepeop," later corrected to "people." Initials are supplied in ms. over lower case letters. The copy was purchased at the Duke of Buccleuch's sale (Sotheby, 25 March 1889) by Quaritch for the Earl of Carysfort. It was again bought by Quaritch at the sale of Carysfort's books (Sotheby, 3 July 1923). From Sir Arthur Howard. (In the Buccleuch sale this copy is described as bound in olive morocco by C. Lewis, as was the George Hibbert-P.A. Hanrott copy. See deRicci 36.20).
- Subject Terms:
- Bale, James -- Autograph.Bates, George -- Autograph.Brewer, Leighton -- Binder.Buccleuch, William Henry Walter Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Duke of, 1831-1914 -- Provenance.Carysfort, William Proby, Earl of, 1836-1909 -- Bookplate.Howard, Arthur, 1896-1971 -- Provenance.Incunabula in Yale Library.Jones, Richard -- Autograph.Layton, Thomas -- Autograph.Philosophy -- Quotations, maxims, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
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