Cronicles of Englond.

Accession number: 
PML 20926.2
Uniform title: 
Chronicles: England.
Westminster : William Caxton, 10 June 1480.
[182] leaves ; 28 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased by J.P. Morgan, 1920.

Collation: [1]⁸; a-x⁸ y⁶: 182 leaves, leaves [1]/1 and a1 blank.
Goff, ISTC, and GW consider this title with the Description of Britain as a single edition in two parts dated: I) 10 June 1480 and II) 18 Aug. 1480. BMC divides into two editions, but intended to be sold together.
Imprint from colophon (leaf y6r): Thus endeth this present booke of the cronicles of englond / enp[ri]nted by me william Caxton In thabbey of westmynstre by london Fynysshid and accomplisshid the x. day of Juyn the yere of thincarnacion of our lord god M.CCCC.lxxx. And in the xx. yere of the regne of kyng Edward the fourth.
Paper format: Chancery folio
PML copy leaf dimensions: 26.5 x 19.5 cm
PML copy missing 3 leaves: [1]/1 (blank), a1 (blank), and y6 (colophon).
PML copy unrecorded by De Ricci, Census.
Printed in Caxton's type 4:95B.
Title from Prologue (leaf [1]/2r): In the yere of thyncarnacion of our lord Ih[es]u crist M. CCCC.lxxx. And in the xx. yere of the Regne of kyng Edward the fourthe / Atte requeste of dyverce gentilmen I have endevourd me to enprinte the cronicles of Englond as in this booke shall by the suffraunce of god folowe / ...

Variant Title: 

Chronicles of England


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards and paragraph marks (C-type with extended upper stroke). Annotations: Marginal notations in graphite and ink throughout, 16th/17th century; inscription (by Barbara?), mostly abraded, 16th/17th century (front pastedown).

Alys Clifton, signature, 16th century(?) (leaf b1r of Description); Robert Whyte, signature, 16th century(?) (leaf c8r of Description); Richard Randoll, inscription, 16th century(?) (leaf p8v of Description); [Mrs.?] C.M. Heneage, of Compton Bassett, signature, 18th/19th century (front pastedown); unidentified price codes, in graphite (rear pastedown); J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), purchased from Bernard Quaritch, Feb. 1920.