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AMES (Joseph). Typographical Antiquities: Being an Historical Account of Printing in England: With some Memoirs of our Antient Printers and a Register of the Books Printed by them, from the Year MCCCCLXXI to the Year MDC. With an Appendix Concerning Printing in Scotland and Ireland to the same Time.1749

London: Printed by W. Faden, First edition, 4to (260 x 195 mm), [14], 440, 451-598, [28]pp., frontis., engraved dedication leaf, 6 engraved plates, some occasional light browning, nineteenth-century calf, nearly rebacked, morocco labels to spine. Joseph Ames (1689-1759) collected material from the books themselves rather than at second hand from catalogues. Despite his literary shortcomings and a reprehensible habit of tearing out title pages, Ames' work laid the foundations of British bibliography. The success of the work was such that the entire edition was sold almost immediately after publication. Ames was the first to discard the long 's' in favour of the short 's' in this book, though his example was not followed until some thirty-five years later. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Frederick Macmillan to front pastedown.

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