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Chartier, Alain, active 15th century.

Here foloweth the copye of a lettre whyche Maistre Alayn Charetier wrote to hys brother whyche desired to come dwelle in Court : in whyche he reherseth many myseryes [and] wretchydnesses therin vsed for taduyse hym not to entre in to it leste he after repente like as hier after folowe : and late translated out of Frensshe in to Englysshe / whyche copye was delyuerid to me by a noble and vertuous erle at whos instance [and] requeste I haue reduced it in to Englyssh.

Additional Title(s):

Curial. English

[Westminster] : [William Caxton], [approximately 1483]
Physical Description:
[6] leaves : 27 cm (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PQ1557.C8 E5 1483+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
"Translated thus in Englyssh by Wylliam Caxton"--Leaf [6] recto.
Signatures: pi⁶ (first three leaves signed i-iij).
Without foliation, catchwords or headlines.
Black letter.
A full page contains 38 lines.
BM 15th cent., XI, p. 135
De Ricci, S.A census of Caxtons, 20
Duff, 84
ESTC, S111567
Goff, C429
GW, 6563
ISTC, ic00429000
Needham, P. Printer and the pardoner, Cx58
Oates, 4095
STC (2nd ed.), 5057
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968), 12
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 imperfect: consists of leaves ii and [v]. "Though these leaves came together from different sources as recently as 1947, identical positions of wormholes and waterstaining in each indicate that they are from the same copy. Leaf [v] (197 x 131 mm.) was purchased by Maggs Bros. at the Sotheby sale of 20 May 1947 (the property of Boies Penrose). Leaf ii (260 x 185 mm.) was purchased at the Sotheby sale of 24 June 1947. From Sir Arthur Howard. In the early 19th century, the fragment was owned by N.O. Pettigrew, whose presentation inscription to C. Henry Knight is in the lower margin of the verso with the erroneous note that this is 'Caxton's earliest printing.'"--Grolier Club.
Subject Terms:
Courts and courtiers -- Early works to 1800.
France -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Knight, C. Henry -- Presentation inscription from N. O. Pettigrew.
Penrose, Boies, 1902-1976 -- Provenance.
Pettigrew, N. O. -- Presentation inscription to C. Henry Knight.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, translator, printer.

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