Signatures: ⁶; a-h⁸ i¹⁰: 80 leaves, leaves /1.6, a1, and i10 blank. Leaves /2-3 signed ii and iii. Variant collation--first quire as [*]⁴ (with no blanks)--in BMC.
Colophon (leaf i9r): Here fynyssheth this persent book whiche is sayd or called Cathon translated oute of Frensshe in to Englysshe by William Caxton in thabbay of westmynstre the yere of oure lord M CCCC lxxxiii/ And the fyrst yere of the regne of kynge Rychard the thyrd the xxiii day of decembre.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 27.6 x 19 cm
PML copy missing 3 leaves: /1.6 and a1 (blanks). Heavy worm damage at top gutter, text unaffected. Fallen type (20 x 5 mm) impressed at bottom of leaf g4r and misprint in the last line of g8r (see Bühler, "Caxton variants," 1936).
Printed in Caxton's types 2*:135B and 4*:95(100)B.
Printing date based on date of translation and paper stocks.
Title from incipit (leaf /2r): Here begynneth the prologue or prohemye of the book callid Caton / whiche booke hath ben trnaslated in to Englysshe by Mayster Benet Burgh / late Archedeken of Colchestre and hye chanon of saint stephens at westmestre...
Disticha de moribus
Hand decoration: Rubrication unrealized. Annotations: No notations in text. Several inscriptions/quotations, including: "Multa diuque tuli" (Ovid, Amores III: 1), "multa diuque feram," "si ulla esset spes," "Ho Ho who lies here / I the good erle of Devonshire..." (a variation of the Good Earl of Courtenay's epitaph), "Te socium lecti te corporis esse licebit" (Propetius, Elegies, II: xxxiv), "Ingratitudo morte gravior. ExL" (front endleaf 1 recto).