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A PAGE FROM THE FIRST BOOX PRINTED IN ENGLISH
CAXTON'S "LE RECUEIL DES HISTOIRES DE TROYE'

c. 1474

ENGLISH PROSE

BEING FIVE HUNDRED PASSAGES

BY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS

EDITED BY R. M. LEONARD

"Mr. Savile was asked, by my lord of Essex, his opinion
touching poets, who answered my lord : “He thought them the
best writers, next to those that write prose." !

Bacon's Apophthegmes.

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HUMPHREY MILFORD
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
LONDON, EDINBURGH, GLASGOW
NEW YORK, TORONTO, MELBOURNE
CAPE TOWN AND BOMBAY

1920

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