- London: Printed for the Editor [sic] William Herbert, 1785-1790.
- thick 4to.
- Vol I is modern cloth, Vol II and III are contemporary calf with gilt on spine, five raised bands
- frontis., ii],[i]-iv,xliv,[i blank],684,[2 blanks],[1 index],[1 blank]; [ii],685-1308,[2 index]; [ii],1309-1875,pp
- ISBN: none
Price: $500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 30692
Herbert's continuation and revision of Ames' celebrated 'Typographical Antiquities', which was first published in 1749. A result of years of research, this is a mammoth compilation of biographical information on early British and Irish printers with a annotated chronological bibliography of their books. The first volume includes a mezzotint portrait of Ames and extensive sections on William Caxton and Wynken de Worde. The third volume, in addition to special sections addressing the history of printing in York, Oxford, and Cambridge, includes a general history of printing in England. Illustrated and indexed. Each volume worn at head of spine. Some foxing, but altogether a very well-preserved copy of all three volumes of this important work. Unfortunately this set is lacking the list of subscribers in Volume I.
Volume I is bound in a modern cloth binding with gilt on cover and spine. Volumes II and III are bound in contemporary calf with five raised bands. Volume I has a water stain that affects some of the pages at the beginning of the volume. Volume II and III have both the front and rear hinges cracked, with some moderate shelf-wear.
Provenance: Volume II and III have the bookplate from D.B. Updike's Merrymount Press.