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Caxton in the British Library

Howard M. Nixon


IN 1877 the four hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the first printing press in England was celebrated with, among other things, a staggering exhibition in the National Art Library, South Kensington (now the Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum). Inspired by William Blades, a practical printer, whose biography of Caxton was a landmark in English bibliographical studies it was organized by an unwieldy series of committees, but Blades's section on Caxton's printing was of the highest importance. The exhibition aimed at comprehending every activity of the printing industry and the massive catalogue records 4734 items.

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