One of the Oldest Printed English-Language Books

Post Date:
Apr 12, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that one of the oldest printed English-language books has found its new home here at Queen's, as part of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection. We have recently acquired a 1482 copy of Caxton’s Polycronicon – a book so rare that only about 50 copies (in any condition) are known to exist.

Distinguished Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur Seymour Schulich and Queen’s University Principal, Daniel Woolf recently partnered to gift their personal collections of rare books to Queen’s. In recognition of their generosity and vision, the university has established the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection, which resides in Douglas Library, and combines more than 400-volumes from the personal collections of Mr. Schulich and Principal Woolf.

The 1482 Caxton Polycronicon allows students and scholars a unique opportunity to have first-hand access to a Caxton to research a variety of topics: the history of books and printing; medieval and English history; and the history of the English language.

Caxton’s Polycronicon (1482) is now on public display in W.D. Jordan Rare books and Special Collections in Douglas Library.

For a video featuring the Caxton “unboxing”, please see our Facebook or Instagram pages. And for more information, please see the feature on the Advancement website.

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