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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 588 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AIITHORITIES.—Earlier biographies of Caxton were superseded by the work of William Blades, whose Life and Typography of William Caxton (2 vols., 1861–1863) remains the standard authority. It contains a bibliography of each of the works issued from Caxton's press. For later discoveries see George Bullen's Catalogue of the Caxton celebration loan collection exhibited at South Kensington in 1877; articles by E. J. L. Scott in the Athenaeum (Feb. 1o, 1900; May 21 and June 8, 1892); articles in Notes and Queries (April 21, 1900; Feb. 24, 1906), and the publications of the Caxton Club, Chicago, notably William Caxton, by E. Gordon Duff (1905). See also Census of Caxtons, by Seymour de Ricci, No. xv. of the illustrated monographs of the Bibliographical Society, 1909. Many of Caxton's translations are available in modern reprints; the Golden Legend, the Recuyell and Godeffroy of Boloyne, were printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press in 1892–1893; the Boke of Curtesye (1868), the Lyf of Charles the Grete (188o), Alain Chartier's Curial (1888), Foure Sonnes of Aymon (1884), Eneydos (189o), Blanchardyn and Eglantine (189o), and others, by the Early English Text Society. For modern editions of Reynart see REYNARD THE Fox. No authentic portrait of Caxton is known, but a MS. at Magdalene College, Cambridge, of the last six books of the Metamorphoses of Ovid, translated by Caxton, is probably in his handwriting.
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