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 (kăk′stən), William 1422?-1491.
English printer who published the first printed book in English, Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye (c. 1475).


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a book printed by William Caxton
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a style of type, imitating the Gothic, that Caxton used in his books


(Biography) William. ?1422–91, English printer and translator: published, in Bruges, the first book printed in English (1475) and established the first printing press in England (1477)


(ˈkæk stən)

William, 1422?–91, English printer: established first printing press in England 1476.
Cax•to•ni•an (kækˈstoʊ ni ən) adj.
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Noun1.Caxton - English printer who in 1474 printed the first book in English (1422-1491)
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It is not quite known who first discovered the art of printing, but William Caxton was the first man who set up a printing-press in England.
In the preface Caxton tells us how, after he had printed some other books, many gentlemen came to him to ask him why he did not print a history of King Arthur, "which ought most to be remembered among us Englishmen afore all the Christian kings; to whom I answered that diverse men hold opinion that there was no such Arthur, and all such books as be made of him be but fained matters and fables.
But the gentlemen persuaded Caxton until at last he undertook to "imprint a book of the noble histories of the said King Arthur and of certaine of his knights, after a copy unto me delivered, which copy Sir Thomas Malory tooke out of certaine bookes in the Frenche, and reduced it into English.
It is a book, Caxton says, "wherein ye shall find many joyous and pleasant histories, and noble and renowned acts.
Bonus Accursius, as early as 1475-1480, printed the collection of these fables, made by Planudes, which, within five years afterwards, Caxton translated into English, and printed at his press in West- minster Abbey, 1485.
But the same motive which prevents my writing the dialogue of the piece in Anglo-Saxon or in Norman-French, and which prohibits my sending forth to the public this essay printed with the types of Caxton or Wynken de Worde, prevents my attempting to confine myself within the limits of the period in which my story is laid.
The 500th anniversary of the first Caxton saw a renewal in scholarship in the area--while many of the key works were consulted in the writing of this paper, citations (out of deference to close readers of footnotes) have been kept to a minimum.
The company has been under pressure from its two largest investors, Caxton Associates and Pirate Capital, to look at ways "to maximize shareholder value," up to and including potentially selling the company.
1477 - William Caxton issued the first dated book from his printing press in Westminster1626 - St Peter's in Rome was consecrated.
CARDIFF-based Caxton Facilities Management has changed its name to Kier Managed Services.
The editors of Winchester (Vinaver) and Caxton (James Spisak) ignored paraphs because of the difficulty in assessing their fluctuating function (sometimes they appear in the middle of a line of dialogue).
Among those who took part in the sell-out quiz were teams from the airport, Wales Tourist Board, National Assembly, bmibaby, Cardiff council, National Air Traffic and Caxton Facilities Management.