The first book printed in English

The first book printed in English

William Caxton

1473 or 1474

Bruges

Printed Book

William Caxton (c.1422–1492) was a successful merchant who took up printing while living in Bruges. He probably worked with the printer Colard Mansion on this book, The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye—the first to be printed in English. It is a romance-style digest of the Troy narrative, translated from a French version by Raoul Lefevre, chaplain to Philip III (Philip the Good), Duke of Burgundy. An owner of the book, George Horton, has inscribed his name above a passage in which the Trojans debate Paris’s fateful mission to abduct Helen.

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The first book printed in English
The first book printed in English
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