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Early Caxton printed leaf  

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Single leaf from De consolatione philosophiae, printed by William Caxton

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus





29 lines, black letter, in English. With 2 rubricated initials and 2 paragraph marks in red, 6 lines underlined in red. 28.2x29 cm (11¼x8¼").

Leaf from the first edition in English of Chaucer's translation of Boethius. Printed by William Caxton in England, following the Canterbury Tales and the Sayings of the Philosophers, both c.1477. One of the earliest works printed in English, and the first major philosophical text in English.

Lot Amendments

Slight wear and remains of two mounting stubs on what was the gutter edge; very good.

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