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Here begynneth the prologue or prohemye of the book callid Caton : whiche booke hath ben translated in to Englysshe by Mayster Benet Burgh, late Archedeken of Colchestre and hye chanon of saint stephens at westmestre ... and by cause of late cam to my hand a book of the said Caton in Frensshe, whiche reherceth many a fayr lernynge and notable ensamples, I haue translated it oute of frensshe in to Englysshe, as al along here after shalle appiere, whiche I presente vnto the cyte of london.
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Catonis disticha. English (Middle English)
[Westminster] : [Printed by William Caxton], [1484]
Physical Description:
[160] p. ; 28 cm (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PA6272.4 .E5 1484+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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The original Latin text of the Disticha, with an anonymous prose paraphrase and commentary.
The Disticha, wrongly attributed to Marcus Porcius Cato, in fact date from imperial times.
Caption title, pi2r.
Printer's name from STC; publication date from Needham.
Colophon reads: Here fynyssheth this present book whiche is sayd or called Cathon translated oute of Frensshe in to Englysshe by William Caxton in thabbay of westmynstre the yere of oure lord M CCCC lxxxiij, and the fyrst yere of the regne of kynge Rychard the thyrd the xxiij day of decembre.
Signatures: pi⁶ (pi2,3 signed ij, iij respectively) a-h⁸ i¹⁰ (pi1, pi6, a1, i10 blank).
The first leaf and the last leaf are blank.
Duff, E.G. Fifteenth century English books, 79
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 6361
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 4853
Needham, P. Printer & the pardoner, Cx 68
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, XI, p. 150
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, C313
Catalogue of books printed in the fifteenth century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, C-137
De Ricci, S.A census of Caxtons, 16
English short title catalogue, S106569
Incunabula short title catalogue, ic00313000
Catalogue of the fifteenth-century printed books in the University Library, Cambridge, 4092
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968), 10
Selected exhibitions: "Fifty-five Books Printed before 1525: Representing the Works of England's First Printers, an Exhibition from the Collection of Paul Mellon" (Grolier Club, 17 January-3 March 1968).
BAC: British Art Center copy (de Ricci 16.12) lacks blank leaves 1 and 6. Printed leaves 2-5 (supplied from another copy) are remargined at the inner margin. Bound in 20th century brown morocco by the Scroll Club Bindery. "The Johnson copy, bought in 1898 for the Christie-Miller collection (see note at number 8). Sold in the Christie-Miller sale of 16 December ('28 November') 1919. It was perfected (save for the two blanks) from de Ricci 16.28, Ashburnham copy. The bookplate of Hannah D. Rabinowitz is at front. From C.A. Stonehill."
Subject Terms:
Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Johnson, Maurice, 1688-1755 -- Provenance.
Rabinowitz, Hannah D. -- Bookplate.
Cato, Marcus Porcius, 234 B.C.-149 B.C., attributed name.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, printer.

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