Ordre of Chyvalry or Knyghthode.

Accession number: 
PML 692
Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316.
[Westminster] : William Caxton, [1484]
[52] leaves; 20 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

A translation of the Libre del orde de cavayleria by Ramon Lull, translated by William Caxton.
Caxton's translation statement (leaf g1r): Here endeth the book of thordre of chyvalry whiche is translated oute of Frensshe in to Englysshe at a requeste of a gentyl and noble esquyer by me William Caxton dwellynge in Westmynstre...
Collation: a-f⁸ g⁴: 52 leaves, leaves a1 and g4 blank.
Date based on dedication and textual evidence (BMC).
Paper format: Chancery quarto
PML copy leaf dimensions: 19.6 x 13.3 cm
PML copy missing 3 leaves: g2-3 and g4 (blank). Staining at end of text, mainly in margins.
Printed in Caxton's types 3:135G and 4*:95(100)B.
Title from incipit (leaf a2r): Here begynneth the Table of this present booke Intytled the Book of teh ordre of chyvalry or knyghthode.

18th-century(?) gilt-stamped English calf over paper board (20 x 14 cm), sewn on 5 supports. Marbled paper pastedowns and fly leaves with plain paper fly leaves; plain endbands; sprinkled edges.
Variant Title: 

Checklist title: Book of the order of chivalry


Hand decoration: Unrubricated, rubrication not required. Annotations: Marginal notations in English and Latin (ascribed to Roger Ascham in modern manuscript note on first fly verso).

Archibald Fraser of Lovat (1736-1815); his sale, Sotheby and Wilkinson, 9 Feb. 1852, lot 244, to Boone for Ashburnham; Bertram Ashburnham (1797-1878), Earl of Ashburnham, with note on Fraser sale purchase (first fly leaf verso) and shelf mark: 29.C. (second fly leaf verso); his sale, Sotheby's, 25 June 1897, pt. I, lot 10878, to Pickering for Bennett; Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (first fly leaf recto) and bibliographical notes: No. 268, 1/7/97 and price code rsl/-/- +com (second fly leaf recto); Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.