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William Caxton

Printer William Caxton

Profession: Printer


Biography: William Caxton was the first to print a book in the English language. His first work is thought to have been a History of Troy in 1472 printed in Bruges where he had set up his first printing press.

Caxton later moved back to England and set up a printing press at Westminster. The first book he printed in England is thought to be Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Caxton produced books on a variety of subjects that he had often translated himself for a wealthy clientele.

Born: August 13, 1422
Birthplace: Kent, England
Star Sign: Leo

Historical Events

  • 1477-11-18 First English dated printed book "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers" by William Caxton
  • 1484-03-26 William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables

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