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Caxton, William (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat

N. F. Blake

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/4963

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Caxton, William (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat, was the first Englishman to print books, bringing the printing press to England in 1475 or 1476.

Nothing is known of Caxton's family or his place of birth. He was born in the weald of Kent...

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Subjects: Manufacturing ; History of Manufacturing and Construction ; Diplomatic History ; International Relations ; Publishing

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