William Caxton. [Ralph Higden and John Trevisa]. Caxton Printing. One Leaf from First Edition of Ralph Higden's Polychronicon. Mentions Halley's Comet. Westminster: William Caxton, [After 2 July] 1482. Krown & Spellman retail: $2,500. Matted to an overall size of approximately 14 x 11 inches. Forty lines plus headline in English, rubricated in red, some old ink notations to outer margin, mounted at top, loose in matting. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Rare leaf mentions Halley's Comet as "stella cometa that is a sterre with bright lemyng and was seen thre hoole wekes in the moneth of Juyn" [referring to the great comet, June 1456]. Leaf CCCXLV.
    HC 8659. Duff 172. Goff H268.

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