- 65.Polycronicon by Ranulphus Higden
- Higden, Ranulphus. Polycronicon.
[Westminster]: William Caxton, [after 2 July 1482]
GW 12468. Typ.4:95G
Call No.YP21-83, Pl.59
William Caxton (c.1422- c.1491) brought the art of printing to England. He started printing in Bruges and then opened a printing house in Westminster in 1476. Caxton used 10 different sets of types in England, many of which were Lettre Bâtarde, such as in the book shown here. He produced more than 100 titles of incunabula, 70% of which were works written in English.
The original edition of this book was a chronicle written in Latin. The edition shown here is a revised and enlarged one based on the English translation by J. Trevisa in 1387. The part of this book relating to England was published in advance as an appendix to the Chronicles of England (1480) under the title The description of England.