The University of Reading has discovered pages of one of the first books printed in England, dating from the 15th century, writes Rachael Revesz for the Independent.
The pages of a mediaeval priest’s handbook, dating to between 1476 and 1477, were found in the university’s archives by special collections librarian Erika Delbecque while she was cataloguing thousands of items showing the history of print and graphic design. They were produced by English printer William Caxton and the two pages are valued at around £100,000 (US$129,000).
“This well-preserved item is the only one of its kind, and one of just two surviving fragments from this mediaeval Caxton book in existence,” said Delbecque. “The leaf had previously been pasted into another book for the undignified purpose of reinforcing its spine. We understand it was rescued by a librarian at the University of Cambridge in 1820, who had no idea that it was an original Caxton leaf.”
Full report on the Independent site
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