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Caxton - Introduction

Le Morte Darthur, printed by William Caxton in 1485, survives in two copies. A complete copy in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, and a copy lacking eleven leaves, in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. There is also a record that a single leaf of Caxton's Morte was recovered as binder's waste at Lincoln Cathedral, but its current location is unknown.

The digitization of part of the copy in John Rylands University Library of Manchester was undertaken in 2009 by the library's digitization team, financially supported by the Digital Archive Research Center at Keio University.

The digital images of John Rylands copy of Caxton's Morte Darthur are reproduced by courtesy of © the University Librarian and Director, John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester. All rights expressly reserved, and no further reproduction is permitted.

The transcription of Caxton's Morte Darthur and scholarly commentary were, and still now are, created under the direction of Dr Takako Kato. For the use of these materials, see How to cite us.

This website is an expandable and scriptable associative environment, designed by Dr Nick Hayward. Currently, part of Caxton's printed book (signatures π2r-4r, 6v-7r; h7v-k3r; ee6v-7r) can be consulted in Facsimile Quick View, Facsimile Full View, Text, and Facsimile and Text mode. The section of the 'Roman War' Episode, Caxton's Book V (sig. h7v-k3r), can be also consulted in "A Parallel Edition of the 'Roman War' Episode".

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