Catalogue 140: William Caxton: 1476 - 1976; (1975) First and Only Edition by H P Kraus - Calix Books

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Catalogue 140: William Caxton: 1476 - 1976; (1975) First and Only Edition by H P Kraus

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Kraus, Hans. Peter (October 12, 1907 – November 1, 1988). Catalogue 140: William Caxton: 1476-1976. (1975). A illustrated printed wrapper, front and back, large 8vo, [24], [1] pp, plates. 6 items. The six items offered are: 1 Le Fevre, Raoul. The Recuyell of the Histories of Troy. Translated from the French by William Caxton. Bruges, William Caxton, c. 1473-1474; 2 Le Fevre, Raoul Le Recueil des Histoires de Troyes. French text. Bruges, William Caxton, before September 1476; 3 Reynard. The Historye of Reynart the foxe. Translated from the Dutch by William Caxton. Westminster, William Caxton, June 6, 1481; 4 Christine De Pisane. The book of fayttes of armes & of Chyvalrye. Translated from the French by William Caxton.Westminster, William Caxton, July 14, 1489; 5 Chronicles of England (The St. Albans Chronicle) St. Albans, The Schoolmaster Press, c. 1485; 6 Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. London, Richard Pynson, (c. 1491-1492). Fine. Hans Peter Kraus, also known as H. P. Kraus or HPK, was an Austrian-born book dealer described as "without doubt the most successful and dominant rare book dealer in the world in the second half of the 20th century" and in a league with other rare book dealers such as Bernard Quaritch, Guillaume de Bure and A.S.W. Rosenbach. Kraus specialized in medieval illuminated manuscripts, incunables (books printed before 1501), and rare books of the 16th and 17th centuries, but would purchase and sell almost any book that came his way that was rare, valuable and important. He prided himself in being "the only bookseller in history...to have owned a Gutenberg Bible and the Psalters of 1457 and 1459 simultaneously," stressing that "‘own’ here is the correct word, as they were bought not for a client's account but for stock." -wiki