EARLY WORK ON TYPOGRAPHICAL ANTIQUITIES

AMESIO, IOSEPHO. [JOSEPH AMES].

Antiquitates Typographicae, seu historia typographiae Anglicae, et antiquorum Angliae typographorum.Catalogus liborum ab iisdem impressorum inde ab anno 1471 usque ad annum 1600.

Leipzig, Grosse & Gleditsch, 1754. 4to. In: "Nova Acta Eruditorum Anno MDCCLIV". The entire volume offered in contemporary full vellum. Hand written title on spine. A yellow label pasted on to top of spine. Two small stamps to title-page and free front end-paper. Library label to pasted down front free end-paper. As usual with various browning to leaves and plates. Pp. 523-27. [Entire volume: Pp. (8). 720, (24) pp.].

First printing of the first Latin (and first in general) translation (abridged version) of the English bibliographer and antiquary Joseph Ames "Typographical Antiquities", one of the earliest and most influential works on the subject. Thomas Dibdin revised the book after only a few years of its original publication.
"Joseph Ames's work had first appeared in 1749. William Herbert acquired Ames's own interleaved copy and bought out a new edition in three volumes incorporating Ames's considerable additional notes and himself approximately tripling the original text. Dibdin purchased Herbert's interleaved copy of Ames (for 42), from which he produced this edition." (Windle & Pippin p.54).
Ames was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1736, and was appointed secretary five years later. He held the function until his death in 1759.

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