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'A Gest of Robin Hood'

A Gest of Robin Hood: Woodcut of Robin Hood from a tract called ‘Here begynneth a gest of Robyn Hode’, probably printed in Antwerp between 1510 and 1515. This woodcut is the oldest known likeness of Robin Hood.


This particular image/extract from a book was not printed by 'Chepman & Myllar Prints' but by other printers, which were then bound with the Chepman & Myllar Prints' in the same single volume for over 200 years, pp.197-220 in the volume.

The only known copies of nine of the earliest books printed in Scotland are known as ‘The Chepman & Myllar Prints.’ They were produced in or about 1508 on Scotland’s first printing press, established in Edinburgh (in what is now the Cowgate) by Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar. Chepman, an Edinburgh merchant, provided the money. Myllar, an Edinburgh bookseller who had previously been involved with printing in France, brought with him experience in the book trade. The ‘The Chepman & Myllar Prints’ were originally produced, as far as can be told, as separate items.

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Taken on August 17, 2004