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Christine, de Pisan, approximately 1364–approximately 1431
Here begynneth the table of the rubryshys of the boke of the fayt of armes and of chyualrye : whiche sayd boke is departyd in to foure partyes ...
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Here begynneth the book of fayttes of armes and of chyvalrye

Livre des faits d'armes et de chevalerie. English
[Westminster : William Caxton, 14 July 1489]
Physical Description:
[288] p. ; 28 cm. (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
U101 P5 1489+ Oversize
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
BEIN Zi +9677: Restricted. Permission of curator needed for use.
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).
British Art Center copy is the one described in the Grolier Club catalogue & is imperfect. Leaves wanting ([*]1-2, A1-2, S1-6) are supplied in collotype facsimile.
BAC 101 +P5 1489: Bookplates of William Marchbank, Hannah D. Rabinowitz, and H. Harvey Frost.
BEIN Zi +9677: Imperfect: Fol. [144], blank, wanting; leaves [1]-[2] trimmed to 19 x 13 cm. and inlaid; leaf [121] (sig. P7) misbound between leaves [116] and [117] (sig. P2 and P3).
BEIN Zi +9677: Armorial bookplate: Bibliotheca Lindesiana. Bookplate: Ex libris J.A. Ripley.
BEIN Zi +9677: Summary of provenance: anonymous foliator, 16th cent.; (?) Edward Berisford, fl. 1581-1587; (?) Thomas Rawlinson (posthumous sale 1727); (?) John Blackbourne (1683-1741) for the Harleian Library, Edward Harley, second Earl of Oxford; John Osborne; Thomas Staunton (sale 1785); Stanesby Alchorne (sale 1813);
Thomas Longman (leaves made up and inlaid); G. Watson-Taylor (sale 1823); T. Jolley (sale 1844); ... Langley; Thomas Corser (sale 1868); Bernard Quaritch; James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres (sale 1889); F.S. Ellis; Julien Ashton Ripley, presented to Yale, 1911.
BEIN Zi +9677: Restricted: permission of curator required for use.
Caption title.
Signatures: pi² A-R⁸ S⁶.
The last leaf is blank.
Caption title, A1: Here begynneth the book of fayttes of armes [and] of chyualrye ...
Largely a compilation from the works of Vegetius, Frontinus, Valerius Maximus, Honoré Bonet, and a contemporary anonymous authority on sieges; books 3 and 4 are based on Bonet's L'arbre des batailles.
Translated by William Caxton.
Colophon reads: Thus endeth this boke whiche xp[ist]yne of pyse made [and] drewe out of the boke named vegecius de re militari [and] out of tharbre of bataylles wyth many other thynges sett in to the same requisite to werre [and] batailles whiche boke beyng in fre[n]she was delyuered to me will[ia]m Caxton by the most crysten kynge [and] redoubted prynce my naturel [and] souerayn lord kyng henry the, vij .. the, xxiij, day of Ianyuere the, iiij, yere of his regne [and] desired [and] wylled me to translate this said boke [and] natural tonge, [and] to put it in enprynte .. Whiche translacyon was finysshed the, viij, day of Iuyll[y] the sayd yere [and] enprynted the, xiiij, day of Iuyll[y] next folowyng [and] ful fynyshyd ...
Fully described in the introduciton to the Early English Text Society's reprinted edition, edited by A.T.P. Byles. London, 1932, p. xxviii, where the date of printing is given as 1490.
Hain, L. Repertorium bibliographicum, 15918
Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 15918
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 6648
English short title catalogue, S106571
Grolier Club. Fifty-five books printed before 1525 (1968), 14
Ricci, S. de Census of Caxtons, 28.3
Proctor, R. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum, 9677
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, C472
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 7269
Incunabula short title catalogue, ic00472000
Subject Terms:
Bibliotheca Lindesiana -- Bookplate.
Crawford, James Ludovic Lindsay, Earl of, 1847-1913 -- Bookplate.
Frost, H. Harvey -- Bookplate.
Incunabula in Yale Library.
Marchbank, William -- Bookplate.
Military art and science -- Early works to 1800.
Rabinowitz, Hannah D. -- Bookplate.
Ripley, J. A. (Julien Ashton), 1908- -- Bookplate.
Caxton, William, approximately 1422-1491 or 1492, printer.
Bonet, Honoré, active 1378-1398. Arbre des batailles.
Vegetius Renatus, Flavius. De re militari.

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