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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1890 Excerpt: ...case an excellent foundation for work in crayons
or watercolors. The large crayon portraits, which are now so ommon,
are usually made in this way. A variety of this paper is made in
such a manner that the finished picture can be removed from it and
applied to plaques, vases, etc., or to glass plates for window
transparencies. CAXTON THE PRINTER. It was in 1447 (says Donald G.
Mitchell in his new book, " English Lands, Letters and Kings") that
William Caxton issued the first book, printed with a date, in
England. This Caxton was a man worth knowing about on many counts:
he was a typical Englishman, born in Kent; was apprenticed to a
well-to-do mercer in the Old Jewry, London, at a time when, he
says, many poor were a-hungered for bread made of fern-roots; he
went over (while yet apprentice) to the low countries of Flanders,
perhaps to represent-his master's interests; abode there; throve
there; came to be Governor of the Company of English merchant
adventurers, in the ancient town of Bruges: knew the great, rich
Flemings who were patrons of letters; became friend and protege of
that English Princess Margaret who married Charles, Duke of
Burgundy; did work in translating old books for that great lady;
studied the new printing art, which had crept into Bruges; and
finally, after thirty odd years of life in the busy Flemish city,
sailed away for London, and set up a press which he had brought
with him, under the shadow of Westminster towers. Fifteen years and
more he wrought on there, at his printer's craft--counting up a
hundred issues of books; making much of his own copy, both
translation and original, and dying over seventy in 1492. A good
tag to tie to this date is--the Discovery of America; Columbus
being over seas on that early voyage of his, w...
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