Joseph Ames

(1687—1759) bibliographer and antiquary

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His pioneering account of English printing to 1600, Typographical Antiquities (1749), was the first to try to date books by identifying their types: the work was revised and enlarged in three volumes by Herbert (1785–96). Ames's vast collection of early title-pages, taken from imperfect and damaged books, is now in the British Library.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.

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