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William Caxton

Dates: 1415-24?-1491
Notes:
Caxton was the first printer in England. In his early life, he was a very successful overseas merchant. In 1474, he published "History of Troy" and "The Game of Chess", both printed in Cologne and sold in England. 1476, he moved his press to Westminster and began printing in England, starting with "The Canterbury Tales." Over 100 extant editions are attributed to him.
References:
Pages 140ff, Timperley, C.H. Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842.
Online: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/4963
Occupations: printer

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