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List of years in literature (table)

This article is a list of the literary events and publications in the 15th century.


Page of the Gutenberg Bible
First incunable with printed illustrations, Ulrich Boner's Der Edelstein printed by Albrecht Pfister at Bamberg in 1461
The Pilgrims diverting each other with tales; woodcut from Caxton's 1486 edition of Canterbury Tales

New works and first printings of older works[edit]



Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal (Venice), birthplace of Pietro Bembo


See also[edit]


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  9. ^ The University of Glasgow, Munimenta, II, 69, dated 10 September 1462, admits a Robert Henryson, licenciate in Arts and bachelor of Decreits (Canon Law), as a member of the University. It is considered strongly likely, from secondary evidence, that this was the poet.
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  13. ^ Vitæ Pontificum Platinæ historici liber de vita Christi ac omnium pontificum qui hactenus ducenti fuere et XX (published 1479). The event is depicted in Melozzo da Forlì's fresco for the library Sixtus IV Appointing Platina as Prefect of the Vatican Library (1477). Setton, Kenneth M. (1960). "From Medieval to Modern Library". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 104: 371–390.
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